Language: Manchu
Origin of term: Classical literature




Loho literally means "saber". According to the Wǔtǐ Qīngwén Jiàn (五體清文鑑) it is synonymous to yāodāo (腰刀) or "waist saber", the standard single-handed saber worn by Manchus and Chinese soldiers.

A Chinese peidao

A typical Chinese loho of the 19th century mounted in fittings for a military officer.
Blade possibly earlier. Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2016.

Officer Baningga

Manchu officer Baningga and his loho, wearing it hilt backward in the Manchu fashion.
Deputy commander of the garrison of Chahar, he lost his life during the battle of Buraci.


1. 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.

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With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.


Very good example with a finely carved warrior scene.


Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.


In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries


A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.


Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.