Language: Manchu
Source: Classical literature

 

Ulhun

Homhon

Description

The Manchu word for a saber scabbard.1

Homhon can also describe a sheath, or the top of a writing brush.2

For a complete overview of terms, see: A Manchu saber glossary.

Qing military saber

A standard Qing military pattern saber of the mid 19th century, with its round style scabbard.

Officer's saber

A standard Qing military pattern officer's saber of the mid 19th century, with its round style scabbard.

18th century military saber

An 18th century military saber with its angular style scabbard.

Southern saber

The rule breaker: A 19th century southern bannerman's saber with all-leather scabbard.

 

References
1. Tongwen Guanghui Quanshu (同文廣彚全書) or "Enlarged and complete dictionary" of 1704. A Qing imperial dictionary in Chinese and Manchu, each entry double checked and approved by the Kangxi emperor, and Wuti Qingwen Jian (五體清文鑑) or "Five languages compendium", a Qing imperial dictionary in Manchu, Mongolian, Uighur, Tibetan and Chinese of 1766.
2. Jerry Norman; Concise Manchu-English Lexicon, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1978.

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