Saber with Scabbard and Belt Hook (清 腰刀)


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This saber is particularly noteworthy for the beauty and complexity of its pattern-welded blade. As horseback archers, the Manchus had a unique way of wearing their sabers, with the hilt inclined toward the back rather than the front. This made room for a bow and bow case, which were worn on the left hip over the saber, along with a quiver of arrows on the right hip.

Saber with Scabbard and Belt Hook (清    腰刀), Steel, iron, silk, leather, wood, Chinese

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