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Greek Bronze and Gold Short Sword and Dagger, C. 1450-1300 BC

The daggers and early swords of the Aegean Bronze Age represent some of the most striking artifacts of the period in terms of their opulence, craftsmanship and display of technical virtuosity. Whilst some were used solely for ceremonial use, many were functional instruments of war, attested by the clear developments in form, according to fighting preferences and practices. The short sword, which developed from the dagger, is one of the most interesting innovations of the Bronze Age, often signifying social status in societies in which hierarchy and one-on-one combat were primary concerns. The present dagger and short sword probably originate from Crete, in the locality of the great palaces at Knossos, or from Mycenae. The Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations were renowned for their wealth, richness of culture, technical sophistication, and strong influence across the Greek world for centuries to come. These are the weapons of the fabled heroes of Troy, the great treasures of powerful kings like Agamemnon, who ruled over the kingdom of Mycenae.

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In 1965, this amazing short sword was pulled from a scabbard in a coffin which was underwater in a tomb in Hubei, China for most of its 2,500 year life.
Whether by craftsmanship, metallurgical quality or the circumstances of preservation, this sword is still in phenomenal condition, and at time of discovery was untarnished and still sharp!

Central Asian Bronze Sword, 1200-800 BC

From the Caspian Sea region. A unique bronze short sword with double terminals that look like budding long-petaled flowers, a very rare style. This weapon does not bear marks of having been repeatedly sharpened for use so it was probably made specifically to accompany a warrior in death as grave goods.

The area around the Caspian Sea, particularly on its southeast coast, and into modern day Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Baluchistan (western Pakistan), was a cultural hotbed during this time period. The map of archaeological finds from there is studded with urban centers, large burial mounds, and technological and metallurgical innovation - especially in the production of amazing bronze artifacts, probably with influence from the innovative bronze (and later iron) artisans in Luristan (modern day northwestern Iran). People - both men and women - went to their graves with beautiful, well-made weapons like this one that were more than likely a sign of high status.

Rules: fill in the below categories with 3-5 things that your character can be identified by.

[Gonna do all three characters here because I can! ^^ ]

@lord-puck-of-the-fae

EMOTIONS / FEELINGS :
1. Mischievous 2. Pride 3. Anger 4. Foolish 5. Piety

COLORS :
1. Bronze 2. Red 3. Violet 4. Gold 5. Black

SCENTS :
1. Metal  2. Leather 3. Meade 4. Elm 5. Blood

SOUNDS :
1. A blade being sharpened 2. The cracking of a campfire 3. A bar fight
4. Autumn leaves crunching 5. Crickets

CLOTHING :
1. Cotton and wool 2. Bronze and leather armor 3. Long chain pendants
4. Black sports bras under white tank tops 5. Waistcoats

OBJECTS :
1. A bronze short sword 2. An amethyst pendant, flawed 3. A gold circlet
4.
A black ring 5. A violet pansy

VICES / BAD HABITS :
1. Drinking 2. Picking fights for the fun of it 3. Forgetfulness 4. Impatience
5. Insensitivity

BODY LANGUAGE :
1. Crouching over from high points 2. Open shoulders 3. Feet up on the chair 4. Balancing on things that are not meant to be stood on 5. Low center of balance

AESTHETICS :
1. Deep, old forests with knotted trees 2. White canvas tents on open fields
3.
Brick English cottages covered in creeping vines 4. An open-air forge
5.
Neon shutter shades and a ‘sun’s out, guns out’ tank top

SONGS :
1. “Scarborough Fair”, Simon & Garfunkel 2. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, Panic! at the Disco 3. “Binary Sunset”, John Williams 4. “Opus 61: Number 2, L’istesso tempo”, Felix Mendelssohn 5. “Never Gonna Give You Up”, Rick Astley

@forever-his-ariel

EMOTIONS / FEELINGS :
1. Grief 2. Anger 3. Depression 4. Resigned 5. Resentment

COLORS :
1. Sea Green 2. Blue 3. Black 4. Silver 5. Violet

SCENTS :
1. Ocean  2. Salt 3. Cold 4. Ozone 5. Petrichor

SOUNDS :
1. The tides 2. Thunder 3. Cracking 4. Sonar 5. French Horn

CLOTHING :
1. Silver crown, tarnished 2. White sea cotton 3. Pearls 4. Suits without ties
5.
Flannel

OBJECTS :
1. A braided rope necklace 2. Sea green sea glass 3. A silver trident
4.
Polished amethyst 5. A copy of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

VICES / BAD HABITS :
1. Wrath 2. Isolating himself 3. Overly formal manners 4. Nail-biting 5. Lack of communicating

BODY LANGUAGE :
1. Casual leaning 2. Sitting on top of tables and bookshelves 3. Crossed arms 4. Unnecessary genuflecting 5. Hand on his chin

AESTHETICS :
1. Deep water coral mazes 2. St. Elmo’s Fire 3. Libraries made of dark wood
4. Storm clouds illuminated by lightning 5. Bioluminescence

SONGS :
1. “Full Fathom Five”, Ralph Vaughan Williams 2. “Pompeii”, Bastille
3.
“In Dreams”, Howard Shore 4. “King of Pride Rock”, Hans Zimmer/Elton John and Tim Rice  5. “Stormy Weather”, Elisabeth Welch

@mavros-goodfellow

EMOTIONS / FEELINGS :
1. Fear 2. Resentment 3. Anguish 4. Anger 5. Loss

COLORS :
1. Silver 2. Black 3. White 4. Grey 5. Violet

SCENTS :
1. Ink  2. Pine 3. Ice 4. Old texts 5. Iocane powder

SOUNDS :
1. Oboe 2. Curtains in the wind 3. The Joy of Painting 4. “I didn’t do it for him.” 5. The ringing after an explosion

CLOTHING :
1. Silver and amethyst circlet 2. Silver and black robes 3. Three-piece suits
4.
Capes 5. Silk and satin

OBJECTS :
1. An ornate rapier 2. Daggers 3. A china tea set 4. Vials of poison
5. A Venetian mask for a sun costume

VICES / BAD HABITS :
1. Bottling up his anger/emotions 2. Sarcastic remarks 3. Poisoning people
4.
Paranoia 5. Self-destructive behaviour

BODY LANGUAGE :
1. Posturing 2. Fluid motion 3. Open hands 4. Steepled fingers 5. Hand under his chin

AESTHETICS :
1. Winter nights 2. Starry skies 3. Abysses 4. Steel blades 5. Art Nouveau

SONGS :
1. “Rotten to the Core”, Descendants 2. “Into the Unknown”, Over the Garden Wall 3. “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, Blue Öyster Cult 4. “Nox Aurumque”, Eric Whitacre  5. “Dream”, John Cage


Tagged by: no one in particular, but I saw it on @goodliest‘s blog
Tagging: @unelectedofficial, and whoever else wants it! :)