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Qing rattan shield article logo

Qing military rattan shield production

Translation of a page from Qing regulations that describes the production of the Qing military rattan shield.
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Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
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Qing twistcore peidao

A fine twistcore blade in standard pattern Qing military mounts.
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Korean bowcase & quiver

A very rare matching set of Korean bowcase and quiver.
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Korean horn bow set

An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
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Chinese tiger shield

A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
Fine gilt duanjian overall

Gilt duanjian with foreign blade

Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
NBTHK papers

NBTHK sword papers

An introduction to NBTHK Japanese sword certifications and rankings.
Winged dragon tsuba

Winged dragon tsuba

A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Chinese demon head saber

Chinese demon head saber

Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
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Northern Wei shaffron

Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
Kunikiyo wakizashi with horimono tested by Yamano 2 body cut

Kunikiyo wakizashi, Yamano test cut

A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
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Kunikiyo (國清)

A line of Japanese swordsmiths working in Echizen.
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Fine Kinai dragon tsuba

Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
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Bizen Sukesada

A group of sword makers in Bizen, Japan, active in the Muromachi period.
Yosozaemon Sukesada

Yosōzaemon jo Sukesada (与三左衛門尉祐定)

A Japanese swordsmith from Osafune, Bizen, who lived from 1466-1542.
Sukesada

Sukesada uchigatana made August 1523

With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Jumonji yari

Jūmonji yari (hozon)

A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
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Yari (槍)

Japanese word for spear or spearhead
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Kusabi-hi (楔樋)

Japanese term for an irregular hamon sometimes found on spearheads
Yajirigata yari

Yajirigata yari (鏃形槍)

Japanese for arrowhead-shaped spearhead
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Yari with kusabi-hi

Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
Otateage suneate with Dutch goudleer logo

Suneate with Dutch leather

A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Handachi wakizashi

Handachi mounted wakizashi

With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
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Fine Taiwanese chieftain's sword

A very ornate example worn by chieftains of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes of Southern Taiwan.
Momoyama kabuto

Golden kabuto with iron menpo

A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
Signed Chinese rattan shield

Signed Chinese rattan shield

This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
Sino-Vietnamese dagger

Polished Sino-Vietnamese dagger

A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
Qing liedao

Large Chinese hunting knife

With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
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Uchigatana (打刀)

Japanese word for a single-handed curved sword, the predecessor of the katana.
Eastern Tibetan or Jinchuan dagger logo

Studded Eastern Tibetan dagger

Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
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Lìngjiàn (令箭) or "Command Arrow"

A special arrow used to prove one's authority.
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Lóngyuān (龍渊)

The former name of Lóngquán, a famous sword-making town in China.
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Good late Qing Longquan jian

With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
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Tibetan bowcase & quiver

A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
Nanban style ship tsuba signed Hishu Kanesada logo

Signed nanban style ship tsuba

Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Tetsugendo Seiryuken Eiji tsuba

Seiryūken Eiju dragon tsuba

Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
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Eastern Tibetan or Yunnan zhibeidao

A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Tibetan pierced iron shortsword logo

Tibetan shortsword with pierced mounts

With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
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Hamon (刃文)

Japanese term for the temperline on a blade, typically achieved by differential heat treatment.
Peony karakusa tsuba

Peony karakusa tsuba

Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
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Sawasa style iron guard

Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Chysanthemum tsuba

Iron chrysanthemum tsuba

Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Dragon gate guard logo

Unusual dragon gate guard

Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Canton tsuba

Japanese tsuba in Canton style

Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Qing military saber with Manchu label logo

The saber of Manchu Wu Songlu

A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Qing dynasty dadao logo

A large Qing dàdāo

Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
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Daruma tsuba

A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Kunihiro wan-gata tsuba

Wan-gata tsuba by Kunihiro

Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
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Jīnchuān shortsword

Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.