Object Title

Pair of butterfly knives (hodiedao)

Pair of butterfly knives (hodiedao)



Object Number



Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection.


Dimensions: overall length: 62.3 cm (24.6 in), blade length: 50.7 cm (20.o in) Weight: each 900 gm (2 lb)


Places China

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.366, p. 12.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.632, p. 4.


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