Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
With leaf-shaped blade with strong ribbed feature on either side.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A set of two interesting guards of unusual form.
Of forms derived from Chinese prototypes.
Japanese designs derived off "canton tsuba".
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Products of Asian maritime trade in the 17th-18th centuries.
Of superior quality manufacture, combining a mix of European and Ottoman taste.
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
With markings attributing it to Jalore.
A large imported "Canton" sword guard with paired dragons chasing a jewel.
The import of foreign sword guards like those from China into Japan through marit
This guard, at first sight, appears very Japanese in overall style, theme, and ex
A very good example of a Tibetan dpa'dam in its archetypical form.
The katar is made of wootz steel and comes from Bikaner.
Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Also called klewang sasak by Indonesian collectors.
Chinese civilian martial artists used a wide variety of weapons.
The Island of Taiwan was briefly under Dutch colonial rule in the 17th cen
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Sets with a knife and chopsticks -and sometimes some other utensils- were co
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
Unusually large and with all-metal handle that opens with a screw.
A saber that is peculiar to the southern part of the island of Borneo.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
The Dayak people of Borneo used two to three meter long bl
Presented in this article is a Tibetan eight-plate helmet w
A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.
The Japanese kusarigama is a variation of the gama, a scythe-like weapon that
One of the classic weapons in Chinese martial arts.
A Japanese volume from the 唐土訓蒙圖彚 or "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Ch
Japanese sword fittings that exhibit foreign influence are today commonly c
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
The blade features a sunken panel with very finely chiseled "tree of life" motiff of small leaves.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A classic example of the 16th century.
With paddle-shaped blade associated with the Nggela Islands.
This very well-made box is entirely made of wootz steel.
With tapering blade, hollow ground on each side to make the edges slightly sharper.
Perhaps one of the most famous and long-lived of Chinese weapons.