Sword with Scabbard Mounts


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.

Sword with Scabbard Mounts, Iron, bronze, gold, silver, wood, Chinese

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