With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.
35 x 35 x 130 mm
From a Tibetan seller in Beijing, 2007
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An iron weight of square cross-section. A leather strap would have been attached through the loop at the top.
Together with slings, such whips were used in yak herding, keeping wolves and other wild animals at bay, and the occasional brawl. Similar pieces are still used by Tibetan nomads today.
A Tibetan woman rounding up her yaks.
Golog, Qinghai, March 8, 2012.
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This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.
Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.