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