Object Title

Parrying weapon (cha)

Parrying weapon (cha)

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIM.17

Provenance

Purchased at auction, Sotheby's 16 December 1980, lot 337. From the Major A D F White collection, formerly on loan AL.13.8.

Physical Description

The steel hilt has a cuboid pommel with bevelled corners, a grip bound with cord, and a guard with quillons arched towards the blade. The blade is of round section.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 48.9 cm (19.3 in), blade length: 35.5 (14 in)

Associations

Places China

Notes

Called a jitte on the label, which is not strictly accurate as these police weapons have a single angled bar. Closely resembles the Okinawan sai.