About this object

A sword and sheath, described as belonging to a central Tibetan officer. The sword blade is single edged, ending in a central point. The pommel and guard are made from a dark wood that is bound with silver and brass wire. The wooden sheath is open to one side, the sword kept in place by two brackets worked in silver filigree and set with turquoise stones. The base of the sheath is also decorated in the same style, the bottom edge protected with a brass plate affixed with copper pins. There is a thin (broken) leather strap to the back of the scabbard.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Iron; Silver; Brass; Copper; Wood; Turquoise
  • 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
    51 mm x 24 mm x 632 mm; 2 in x 15/16 in x 24 7/8 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 230:
    Sword of Central Tibetan Officer, e.g of one from Lhasa or Shigatse. The sheath has silver work at top and bottom, the intervening part being silk.
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • 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.

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