BAKTRIAN, bronze cleaver, circa 2000-500 BC


PAKISTAN, Northwest Frontier Province, BAKTRIAN, cleaver, circa 2000-500 BC, modern meat cleaver shape but small & thin, bronze, 86x90mm, 37mm tang, 39g, crusty, patinated F

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We know what we would do with a knife of this shape. But it’s small, suitable for squirrels, small birds.

The culture complex we currently term “Baktrian” (Bactrian), developed from the neolithic settlements of Eurasia in the area between the current Iran-Afghan border and Kashmir, more or less. Cities appeared somewhat later than the Indus cities of the south. The horse nomads bothered the locals several centuries before they impacted Indus lands. The late Baktrians resisted Alexander until he had to make a deal with one of them, marrying the king’s daughter, to get through Afghanistan.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.