About this object

A Bhutanese sword with a single edged blade of iron. There appears to have originally been some striaitions on the blade, but heavy polishing has reduced their visibility. The pommel is made from silver and is decorated with an embossed border and dorjes, attached to this is a woolen tablet woven tape in strips of blue, red, yellow, green and white. The wooden handle is wrapped with white shagreen with a border of canvas covered in red wax. The scabbard is wooden, covered with stitched leather which is lacquered black, the top quarter lacquered in red. Tied around the top of the scabbard is a leather strap secured with a gilt metal clasp.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    Late 19th Century
  • Materials
    Yarn Wool; Skin Leather; Skin Shagreen; Iron; Silver; Gilt Metal; Wood; Fibre Yarn Cotton; Lacquer; Wax
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Frederick Marshman Bailey
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1921 - 1928
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 50 mm x 860 mm; 2 3/8 in x 1 15/16 in x 33 7/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The scabbard doesn't appear to be the right shape and size for the blade and is not mentioned in the inventory card of 1953. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Previous owner); Frederick Marshman Bailey (Collector)

Where is this object from?

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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.


Previous owners

  • Abbey Art Centre

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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