Of the Western Buryats, living near the shores of Lake Baikal.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
A very rare example of a type of all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibetans of
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.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
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.
With a large double-edged tip and golden cresting.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.