CELTIC ANTHROPOMORPHIC DAGGER 705 MARTO To create the Celtic Anthropomorphic dagger, Marto carefully studied two original examples on display at the British Museum. Given the pivotal role of art of the Celtic people, Marto's recreation celebrates this magnificent ability while preserving the unique design's primary function as a weapon of great valor and honor. Cast in Zamak metal and plated in 24K Gold, the Marto 705 has the appeal and value attributed to the originals. Hand hammered, and fully tempered for strength, the 440 Toledo carbon steel blade is constructed using the guarded methods of Toledo swordsmiths passed down and followed throughout the ages. Polished to a mirror finish the blade is decorated with celtic designs and stamped with the the Marto seal of authenticity. This highly collectable dagger is a unique and one of a kind treasure, imbued with the ancient mysteries of old, yet preserved as a unique work of art recreated by the world renown artisans skilled in the Marto tradition. Read more on Decorative Series Blades
• Overall length: 18" • Blade length: 12-1/2" • Grip Length: 3-3/4" • Weight: 2 lb 1.6 oz • Edge: Blunt • Point of Balance: 1.1/4" • Blade Steel: 440 carbon steel • Blade Width: 1-3/4" - 2-1/4 • Blade Thickness: 4.9mm • Hilt: 24K Gold Plated Zamak
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
The Celts were a nomadic people who populated Europe and the British Isles from the 5th c.,BC to 50 AD. From this diverse group the Scottish, Irish, and Welsh cultures developed. The Celtic sword symbolized power, strength, honor and the ultimate glory in battle. The extraordinary skill required to produce these weapons rendered them extremely expensive and hence, reserved for the warrior elites and tribal leader. The sword was so prized that it was often buried with its owner, or thrown in the ocean as a gift to the gods or spirits. Some of the finest examples of Iron Age metalwork are to be found on the anthropomorphic hilts which appear in the 2nd c. BC, and are to be found among the pan-Celtic tribes across Europe. In late Iron Age, artistic constructs of human heads become increasingly frequent and realistic, and appear to have had talismanic significance. The hilts of middle to late La Têne swords were truly anthropomorphic, with the figures body as grip, head as pommel, and the arms and legs as cross bars.