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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A rather well-made example of its type.


A bronze processional piece with reign marks attributing it to the year 1864.


Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.


A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.


A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.


The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.