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Sword

1931 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This sword, with its accompanying scabbard and belt (see IS.2:2-3-2007), was made in Punakha in 1931 showing the continuation into the 20th century of an ancient Bhutanese craft tradition. Even today swords are worn on ceremonial occasions by Bhutanese noblemen though the blades are now imported from India.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Tempered steel and silver wire
Brief Description
Steel sword with silver wire handle and chiselled and gilt steel pommel, Punakha, Bhutan, 1931
Physical Description
A steel sword with one cutting edge and an oblique end. The handle is of silver wire, the pommel of openwork silver and silver gilt.
Dimensions
  • Length: 79.4cm
  • Width: 4cm
Object history
Formerly on loan from Captain E.W.Fletcher.
Production
Made in Punakha (the former capital of Bhutan until 1955)
Summary
This sword, with its accompanying scabbard and belt (see IS.2:2-3-2007), was made in Punakha in 1931 showing the continuation into the 20th century of an ancient Bhutanese craft tradition. Even today swords are worn on ceremonial occasions by Bhutanese noblemen though the blades are now imported from India.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
IS.2:1-2007

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record createdJanuary 2, 2007
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