Object Title

Sword (dao)

Sword (dao)

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIS.272

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, 1974.

Physical Description

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

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 103.2 cm (40.6 in), blade length: 66.5 cm (26.3 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Stamped with a cannon over MA2824, and painted in white 17/661.

Associations

Places China

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873 (?), p. 157, no. MA 2824.

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1906, p. 170, no. 17/661.

Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda at Woolwich, London, 1963, part 2, p. 73, no. 17/661.