Unique soft enamel pins based on artifacts and illustrations from early world cultures. This time we're looking at Ancient Blades.
Not every culture used iron and steel to made their sword-like weapons of war. Depending on the age in which the culture existed and the resources available to the citizenry, sharpened sticks, chipped rocks, shaped bones, or soft alloys like bronze could all be made into deadly weapons for defense or aggression. The collectible soft enamel pins shown below give a glimpse into some of the Ancient Blades from around the world.
Each pin has five enamel colors and measures approximately 2” tall or wide. Every pin also includes a back-stamp, double posts, rubber clasps, and a colorful backing card with information about the featured weapon. All shipping within the USA is free and all international shipping is just $5.
The Aztecs of ancient Mexico use a wooden club edged with obsidian blades as a sword; it was called the Macuahuitl. Obsidian is a volcanic glass that can be chipped along its edges to better than razor-sharpness. These "blades" were embedded in trenches along the edges of a long wooden club and then held in place with letter cords and pitch. The result was a weapon that could kill with a single stroke. It seems most likely, though, that the Aztecs would maim their opponents so that they could be taken back for ritual sacrifice.
The image at the center of the pin was inspired by the "Disk of Death" found at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan in 1964. This stone sculpture appears to depict the face of Mictlanticuhtli, the Aztec's god of death and the underworld, surrounded by the rays of the sun.
Ancient Polynesian cultures, like the Maori and the Hawaiians, use wooden clubs edged with sharks teeth, called Leiomano, a Hawaiian word meaning Shark's Necklace. Depending on the culture, Leiomano could be of almost any size, from those resembling a toothed ping-pong paddle to long sword-like weapons that resemble unpowered chainsaws. Teeth from tiger sharks were most often used, inset along the club's edge and were quite effective and slicing and ripping an opponent in combat.
The images at the center of the pin was inspired by Kanaloa, the Hawaiian god of the sea and the underworld. Kanaloa is also associated with squids and octopuses. Kanaloa and his three siblings, Ku, Kane, and Lono might be recognizable to westerners from the tiki images of 1950's cocktail culture.
Ancient Egyptians use the curved Khopesh as their primary bladed weapon for more than a thousand years (2500BC - 1300BC). Initially, the weapon was made of bronze, but later versions were iron. The design the Khopesh is thought to have evolved from a axe-like weapon called the Epsilon Axe. The Khopesh was only sharpened along the outer edge of the curved portion and the inner portion could have functioned as a hook to restrain or unbalance opponents.
The image at the center of the pin is inspired by the golden death mask of Tutankhamun who reigned in the period where the Khopesh was fading from use. Two Khopesh were found among the artifacts discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb when it was opened in 1922.
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