About this object

A short narrow triangular iron blade fixed to a lozenge shaped gilded brass handle that is decorated with engraved floral motifs and two Chinese character on each side of the handle. One edge of the handle opens up and a pair of retractable scissors can be pulled out.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Chinese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Iron; Brass; Gilt Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    11 mm x 135 mm; x 7/16 in x 5 5/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The inventory card notes that this item was made in China and collected in Tibet. It is not clear how this has been established as this item could also have been acquiried in Beijing.
  • Related people

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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