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Sword (ral gri)

Date:
17th–19th century
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Iron, silver, gold, turquoise, wood, textile
Dimensions:
L. 33 in. (83.8 cm); L. of blade 28 1/4 in. (71.8 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1464
Not on view
This sword is a representative example of the most familiar Tibetan form, well made and of fairly good quality. The surface of the blade has a prominent hairpin pattern, an important characteristic of traditional Tibetan swords. The pattern consists of seven dark lines alternating with six light lines, caused by the repeated folding of two different types of iron, which were combined to make the blade during the forging process.
Ex. coll.: W. O. Oldman, London; George Cameron Stone; New York.[William Ockelford Oldman, London, before November 18, 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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