Source: Classical literature
The Manchu word for the suspension bands on a sword scabbard.1
It comes from tebeliyembi, which means to hug or to embrace. 2
For a complete overview of Manchu saber terms, see: A Manchu saber glossary.
Suspension bands and bar on a very fine Chinese saber of the 18th century.
With its original suspension system with belt hook.
Suspension bands and bar on a 19th-century southern saber.
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.
2. Jerry Norman; Concise Manchu-English Lexicon, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1978.