Inspired by uchigatana brought into Vietnam by Japanese refugees.
Sheathed 64.5 cm
Sword 58.8 cm
Base 6 mm
Middle 4 mm
5 cm from tip 3 mm
Base 25 mm
Middle 23 mm
5 cm from tip 19 mm
9 cm from hilt
Iron, steel, buffalo horn, wood, cotton cord
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A short Vietnamese kiếm (劍) sword, modeled closely after the Chinese duǎn jiàn (短劍) of the Ming period. It features a well-made double-edged blade with dual grooves on each side and a rounded tip.
The hilt is carved from a single piece of black buffalo horn. Guard and pommel in Ming style with scrolling elements. The grip is ribbed and carved with highly stylized longevity symbols, shòu (壽).
The scabbard is made of two plates of wood, kept together with cord.
The sword has a lively feeling in the hand and has proper weight and balance, it was, besides a status symbol, also a practical user.
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Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Description A rather unusual Vi
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.