A once fine example that had a bit of a rough life.
With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.
This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.
An iron weight that was attached to a long leather strap.
Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
Consisting of an iron weight on a long leather strap.
A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.
With massive blade and silk brocade decorated scabbard.
Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.
Of the 19th century. Ex Stephen Selby collection.
A flaming skull that was once part of the crown of a Tibetan oracle.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
Collected by American anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein in the 1980s.
Executed in the Tibetan style, exhibiting dragons in foliage chasing flaming jewels.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
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.
Of slender type with a chiseled iron knot shaped bolster.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.
A nice example of a rare, shorter carbine sized Tibetan matchlock musket.
A very good example of a Tibetan dpa'dam in its archetypical form.
Presented in this article is a Tibetan eight-plate helmet w
The dpa'dam of Tibet is a long, single edged swor
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.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.