probably 18th century
Steel, iron, silk, leather, wood
L. 36 in. (91.4 cm); blade L. 28 1/2 in. (72.4 cm)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
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.