Object Title

Sword (dao)

Sword (dao)

Date

1570-1620

Object Number

XXVIS.58

Provenance

Presented 1955.

Physical Description

With a ring pommel, and decorated at either side of the blade with a finely engraved dragon. The hilt has been remounted, probably in the early 19th century.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 105.7 cm (41.7 in), blade length: 75.4 cm (29.8 in) Weight: 1.35 kg (3 lb)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places China

Notes

Another sword of exactly this form is in a private collection in Antioch, Tennessee (1996), and is dated with a four character mark of the Ming Wanli emperor (1572-1620), Although it is possible that this is a later honourific inscription, it is likely that the dating is genuine.