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Historical Weapons That Were Actually Pieces Of Art

August 17, 2020 4.1k votes 430 voters 11.4k views15 items

List RulesVote up the most artistic implements of doom.

When you're going into battle, a fancy weapon may not make you any tougher, but it sure is a confidence booster. And while many artisans have been tasked with creating bejeweled implements for monarchs and high-ranking leaders throughout history, not all beautiful ancient weapons were purely ornamental.

It's a little easier to admire the craftsmanship of such historical weapons now that they're housed in museums - and not actively being used in battle. In contrast to the practical and sometimes ugly weapons of the modern era, check out the following artifacts whose art overshadows their aim.

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