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Dagger

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Object Number:51-13-1A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Period: Meiji
Date Made: Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1875
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Steel
Ivory
Gilding
Walrus Ivory
Technique:High Relief
Carved
Gilded
Iconography:Warriors
Armor
Horses
Mounted Warrior
Samurai
Building
Flowers
Credit Line:Gift of Alexander Rahm, 1951

Description

Heavy, single-edged steel blade curving to point; plain gilt mounting. Walrus ivory handle, guard and sheath(51-13-1B). Both handle and sheath fully carved in high relif with warriors in armor, some on horseback, the horses also with armor; buildings; flowers, etc. Finely engraved floral pattern on ends of handle and on guard. Made for the tourist trade. Bad blade. Guard from another, larger weapon.

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