University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-23-18A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 1870's - 1929
Early Date: 1870
Late Date: 1929
Iconography:Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
Length: 30.8 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Henry C. Yarrow, 1929


Short sword, tanto with ivory handle. Blade is steel. There is a dragon on the small ring-shaped guard at the base of the handle. This extravagantly carved case and handle indicate that this tanto was probably carried by a merchant rather than a samurai. The carving depicts a version of an old Chinese story, the seven sages of the bamboo grove.

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