A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
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.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
An interesting Tibetan shortsword with acute point.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
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.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
A fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
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 royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.