About this object

A sword and scabbard of Chinese and also possibly Tibetan manufacture. The hilt and scabbard are Chinese, decorated with iron damascene that is highlighted with silver and gold scrollwork. The half-rounded pommel is asymmetrical and the rectangular wooden grip is wrapped in leather.
The straight double-edged blade is possibly Tibetan, this is finished with a series of circles over the length of the blade. The dark leather covering for the wooden scabbard was painted in Tibet with three eyes and fiery eyebrows, suggesting that the sword was used by an oracle.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century - 19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Iron; Gold; Silver; Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Source currently unrecorded
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    899 mm; x 35 3/8 in
  • Note
    Renumbered in 1976, original number lost. Description adapted from D LaRocca's catalogue entry in, Warriors of the Himalayas.
Object view = Humanities
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