About this object

An iron blade sword and scabbard. The pommel is of trefoil shape and decorated with punched and chiseled scroll work. The stone or coral which should sit in the centre is missing. The wooden grip is tightly bound with silver wire. The grip is fitted with a silk tassel. The scabbard has a wooden base with leather stretched over it. This is decorated with silver edges, the lower third of the scabbard covered with embossed, punched and chiseled silver. At the tip is a silver boss, while the central part of the silver work is fitted with three large (imitation) corals.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Yarn Silk; Coral; Iron; Silver; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 1913
  • Measurements
    50 mm x 40 mm x 905 mm; 1 15/16 in x 1 9/16 in x 35 5/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Inventory card describes this sword as 'Eastern Tibet', as does the catalogue entry for this sword in the Tibet exhibition of 1953. Although the NML sword does not have a List of Curios entry a very close counterpart is in the British Museum (1933.0508.122). The List of Curios entry for that sword is No 229 and reads, 'Sword of Eastern Tibet. The sheath has three imitation corals on it'.

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

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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.

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