Sword with Scabbard Mounts


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377

Ancient Japanese swords and swords imported from Asian mainland in ancient times are classified on the basis of the interpretation of their pommels. This example, showing the stylized heads of two () dragons (ryū) fighting (arasou) over a gem (tama), is thus referred to as sōryū tama o arasou type.

Sword with Scabbard Mounts, Iron, gilt bronze, gilt copper, silver, Japanese

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