Talk:Sword of Goujian

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First-level protected artifact[edit]

Please edit to further define, or link to a page that defines, first-level protection, or reword the sentence. It is difficult to understand what is meant by first-level, and how this would differ from second or third levels, if they exist. Is this in a museum context, or government security context? AtenRa 22:00, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Agreed, I just searched for "first-level protected artifact" on Google and top hit was this wikipedia article with no other top 10 hit making sense. (talk) 19:13, 11 April 2008 (UTC)


I'm curious does anyone know if the pattern is external or internal, i.e. is it a purely decorative pattern etched to the finished weapon , or is it a result of plaiting together metal billets around a central core and Pattern welding them together?KTo288 21:11, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Well if this small snippet referencing the Beijing Daily is anything to go by, it appears to be patterned after the sword was forged or as a part of the quenching process? I'm afraid Chinese to English doesn't always convey proper meanings, especially with my mediocre skills in Chinese. Heliatrope Fish (talk) 07:06, 7 March 2010 (UTC) --

Wait, what!? Citations needed[edit]

So this is an ancient sword, discovered during the cultural revolution, made mostly of copper, that emerged untarnished in its wooden scabbard after 1000's of years in a waterlogged grave? Doesn't this sound a little implausible? This article really needs citations to independent scholarly research on this amazing artifact. Ϙ (talk) 08:18, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

I saw that sword in an exhibition 30+ yrs ago so it couldn't be a modern reproduction or "fake". The scabbard was never seen by the public, so I assumed that was not exist at all. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:02, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Why does this paragraph (below) even need a citation?

The sword was found sheathed in a wooden scabbard finished in black lacquer. The scabbard had an almost air-tight fit with the sword body. Unsheathing the sword revealed an untarnished blade, despite the tomb being soaked in underground water for over 2,000 years.[citation needed]

So no one knows how to subtract and obtain "over 2,000 years"? Sheesh. At the very least, the "citation needed" ought to be moved to an earlier sentence. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cutefidgety (talkcontribs) 13:39, 9 November 2015 (UTC)