A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.
With massive blade and silk brocade decorated scabbard.
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.
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 fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
The dpa'dam of Tibet is a long, single
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 fo
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.