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Sword with Scabbard Mounts

Date:
ca. 600
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Iron, bronze, gold, silver, wood
Dimensions:
L. 40 1/4 in. (102.2 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Clarence H. Mackay, 1930
Accession Number:
30.65.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377
This sword is said to have been found in an imperial tomb at Mang Shan, north of Luoyang, Henan Province. The P-shaped scabbard mounts, probably derived from long swords worn by nomadic Sarmatian and Sasanian horsemen, served as a prototype for the Japanese tachi (slung sword). The ring pommel takes the form of two confronted dragons.
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