About this object

A single edged iron blade sword with a wooden handle bound with plaited cane. The blade has a series of striations along the length of the blade. The wooden sheath is open on one side, the sword being secured to the sheath by a series of plaited cane bindings. There is a leather strap attached to the top of the scabbard.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Late 19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Iron; Wood; Cane
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    50 mm x 18 mm x 834 mm; 1 15/16 in x 11/16 in x 32 13/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Bell describes an almost identical sword as coming from Po county in southeastern Tibet. It had been acquired by him from a group of Tibetan men, who had escaped after being held prisoner by the Abors. This sword is described in the List of Curios No 173 and is now in the British Museum 1933, 0508.64

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Palhese (described by)

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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