Sword of Goujian

Dublin Core

Title

Sword of Goujian
Bronze Jian

Subject

Sword
China
Weapon

Description

Jian is the Chinese term for a double-edged straight sword. The jian/sword discussed here is believed to have belonged to the Goujian, King of Yue near the end of the Spring and Autumn period..

The bronze jian were first used by the Zhou dynasty during the late Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. However, they were only worn as secondary (backup) weapons by troops armed with spears and dagger-axes. This means they would only be used if the spear or axe was lost, destroyed, or otherwise rendered ineffective.

The jian developed from the dagger. Daggers were also used as secondary weapons, and continued to be used alongside the jian.

Swords did gain a certain “mystique,” as unique weapons to be worn for display purposes, like daggers. With the rise of iron, bronze swords became irrelevant, and were replaced by curved swords for cavalry, elaborate display swords, and iron swords.

Creator

Wikimedia User Siyuwj (picture)

Source

Hubei Provincial Museum

Publisher

Wikimedia Commons

Date

c. 481 - 221 BC

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Format

JPEG

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sword

Physical Dimensions

3,722 × 780 pixels

Files

https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/29837/archive/files/34238d1bbd6913a1ee2646cec4e04097.jpg

Citation

Wikimedia User Siyuwj (picture), “Sword of Goujian,” Exhibits, accessed March 27, 2019, http://derekenglehistory.com/omeka/items/show/10.