read here. At the original site, there are several more pictures of the sword.
The Sword of Goujian is an archaeological artifact of the Spring
and Autumn period (771 to 403BC) found in 1965 in Hubei, China. Forged
of copper and tin, it is renowned for its unusual sharpness and
resistance to tarnish rarely seen in artifacts so old. This historical
artifact of ancient China is currently in the possession of the Hubei
More than 2,000 artifacts were recovered from the sites, including a
bronze sword. In December 1965, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the ruins of
Jinan, an ancient capital of Chu, a casket was discovered at Wangshan
site #1. Inside, an ornate bronze sword was found with a human skeleton.
In 1965, an archaeological survey was being performed along the second
main aqueduct of the Zhang River Reservoir in Jingzhou, Hubei, where
more than fifty ancient tombs of the Chu State were found in Jiangling
County. The dig started in the middle of October 1965 and ended in
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