Gold dagger handle From China
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 6th-5th century BC
A very fine openwork cast gold sword hilt
The gold hilt is very fragile, which probably made it impractical for use on a real sword. It may have been made for display or for placing in a tomb for taking to the afterlife.
Detail of a 4th century CE plate from the Sasanian period. The capital of the Sassanid Persian Empire: Seleucia-Ctesiphon (modern-day Baghdad) was one of the greatest cities of Mesopotamia. Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle