L. 36 in. (91.4 cm); blade L. 28 1/2 in. (72.4 cm)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Not on view
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.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Tom, Philip M. W. "Some Notable Sabers of the Qing Dynasty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal (2001), pp. 11, 211–12, figs. 10–11, pl. 3.
Liu, Shi-yee. "'Show and Tell': The Art of Storytelling in Chinese Painting." Orientations 47, no. 8 p. 53, fig. 18.
Artist: Date: hilt and scabbard, late 17th or early 18th century; blade 16th or 17th century Accession Number: 36.25.1550a, b Date: hilt and scabbard, late 17th or early 18th century; blade 16th or 17th centuryMedium: Steel, silver, copper, wood, tortoiseshell, horn, mother-of-pearl, leather, textileAccession: 36.25.1550a, bOn view in:Gallery 379