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Sheath

1931 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This sword with its accompanying scabbard and belt (Museum nos IS.2:2-3-2007) was made in Punakha in 1931. They show 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
Embossed silver, gilded
Brief Description
Embossed silver scabbard with gilded emblems, Bhutan, 1931
Physical Description
An embossed silver scabbard with gilded long life emblems.
Dimensions
  • Length: 72.7cm
  • Width: 5.9cm
Object history
Formerly on loan from Captain E.W.Fletcher.
Summary
This sword with its accompanying scabbard and belt (Museum nos IS.2:2-3-2007) was made in Punakha in 1931. They show 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.2:2-2007

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record createdJanuary 2, 2007
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