Object Title

Sword (jian) and scabbard

Sword (jian) and scabbard

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIS.188

Provenance

Purchased at auction, Sotheby's 16 December 1980, lot 343. From the Major A D F White collection.

Physical Description

The blade is straight and double edged, decorated in gold on one side with a phoenix and the inscription 'Muzi hao' (called Muzi), and on the other side with a dragon in copper and the inscription 'longchuan huan jian' (dragon spring washed sword). The hilt and scabbard fittings are of copper, decorated in gold with the Eight Precious Emblems.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 70 cm (27.6 in), blade length: 53 cm (20.1 in), scabbard length: 56.4 cm (22.3 in) Weight: 765 gm (1 lb 11 oz)

Associations

Places China