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Sword with Scabbard Mounts

Date:
ca. 600
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Iron, bronze, gold, silver, wood
Dimensions:
L. 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1930
Accession Number:
30.65.1
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 ring pommel encloses a phoenix head.
Mang Shang, Henan Province, China[Yamanaka & Company, New York, until 1930; sold to MMA].
Grancsay, Stephen V. "Two Chinese Swords Dating about A.D. 600." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 25, no. 9 (September 1930). p. 194, figs. 2, 4.

Coe, Michael D., Fred Wilkinson, and Thom Richardson. Swords and Hilt Weapons. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989. p. 176.

Richardson, Thom. "China and Central Asia." In Swords and Hilt Weapons. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989. p. 176.

Tom, Philip M. W. "Some Notable Sabers of the Qing Dynasty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal 36 (2001). pp. 207–208, fig. 2.



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