Object Title

Sword (dao)

Sword (dao)

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIS.271

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, 1974.

Physical Description

The blade is curved and single edged, flaring to an angled end. The hilt is of wood, crudely carved with a pommel in the form of a human head, painted beige with red lips and black hair, eyes and eyebrows. The curved grip is painted red, and is fitted with an iron ferrule and a rectangular guard, the latter bent. The blade is painted greenish grey.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 103 cm (40.5 in), blade length: 68.1 cm (26.9 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Stamped with a cannon over MA 2832, and painted in white 17/660.

Associations

Places China

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873 (?), p. 157, no. MA 2823.

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1906, p.170, no. 17/660.

Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda at Woolwich, London, 1963, part 2, p. 73, no. 17/660.