This is one example of many types of bronze ritual weapons used in burials of the bronze-making Dong Son culture (Vietnamese/South China). Knives, axe heads and arrow heads have been found with other bronze objects such as ritual drums, in burials in the Red River Delta region. Lost wax casting is another method used for pieces that have more intricate three-dimensional designs such as the figurative handle on this piece. The figure wears a patterned loin cloth, has plaited hair and wears an earring and bracelets.The sophisticated technology used in bronze-casting suggests Dong Son society was advanced enough to have specialists who would have worked full-time in this field. This can be seen in the spread of bronze goods and technology throughout the Southeast Asian region.
This was found in the Red River in northern Vietnam.
The metal content has been tested in Hanoi, it contains copper, nickel and a small amount of silver.