A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
An interesting Tibetan shortsword with acute point.
Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
The dpa'dam of Tibet is a long, single edged swor
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
Referring to the wavy patterns on the midsection of the silver scabbard.
With ce rong or "open ravines" pattern of zig-zag lines in the steel.
With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.
A fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
With beautiful pierced ironwork scabbard.
A very good example of a Tibetan dpa'dam in its archetypical form.
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.
With massive blade and silk brocade decorated scabbard.
A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.