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This sword is chiefly of interest for the very rare presence of Tibetan characters incised on its blade, almost certainly intended as a religious blessing or a protective mantra. It is otherwise a characteristic sword from Central Tibet, being slightly unusual only for its greater length. The words or phrase would have been provided by a monk or other learned figure and then engraved into the blade by a local craftsman. The letters are condensed into a monogram-like abbreviation, possibly representing one of two popular protective mantras: OM HUM HRIH or OM MANI PADME HUM.

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