Sword with Scabbard Mounts

probably Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377

Ancient Japanese swords and swords imported from Asian mainland in ancient times are classified on the basis of the interpretation of their pommels. The peculiarly shaped pommel of this sword bears resemblance to the top part (/tō) of an ancient Chinese gem (kei) and is thus referred to as keitō type.

Sword with Scabbard Mounts, Iron, gilt copper, silver, probably Japanese

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