to bronze weapons

IMPORTANT NOTE

Due to law restrictions on the amount of swords to be loaned by Museums, combined with space availability, the Coordinator of the Exhibition opted to show a detailed history of the bronze period and its transition to iron and steel, with special highlight to the Longquan center. For this reason, it was absolutely impossible to find or display swords of all dynasties of China. It is expected and hoped that the public understands the many constrains of an exhibition of such nature and general magnitude.

  83. Iron Battleaxe
Period:
Han Dynasty (B.C.206-A.D.220)
Collection:
Cultural Relics and Archaeology Research Institute of Henan Province.
Dimensions: Length 31.0 cm, axe length 13.0 cm, axe width 5 cm-7.8 cm.


 

     
  84. Iron Sword with Ring Pommel
Period:
Han Dynasty
Collection:
Henan Museum
Dimensions: Length 117.5 cm, round pommel diameter 6.5 cm, blade width 2.6 cm.

The iron sword is of a long rectangular shape with symmetrical edges and a flat and straight back. The round-pommel at the end is oval shaped. Many parts of the edge have flaked and rusted.
     
  85. Ring Pommel Sword
Total Length: 94.3 cm
Period: Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
A round-headed iron sword cast in the Han Dynasty. One of the earliest iron weapons made in China, it was usually wrought by the ‘folded hundred times steel’ method.
Made in Longquan.
     
  86. Ring Pommel Sword
Total length: 95.4 cm
Period: Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
Round headed iron sword made in the Han Dynasty, one of the earliest weapons in China, usually made from the ‘folded hundred times steel’ method.
Made in Longquan.
     
  87. Ring Pommel Sword
Total length: 114.3 cm
Period: Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
Round-headed iron sword made in the Han Dynasty, one of the earliest weapons in China, usually made from the ‘folded hundred times steel’ method.
Made in Longquan.
     
  88. Wide Iron Sword
Total length: 62.2
Period: Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
This short steel sword from the Han Dynasty shows a double edge and the remains of a guard can be seen. It shows a very robust shape and it was made by the ‘folded hundred times steel’ method.
Made in Longquan.
     
  89. Double Edged Iron Sword
Period: Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)

Total length:
84.1 cm
Blade length:
Tang length:
Width of blade at guard:

One of the earliest weapons from China was made in the Han Dynasty. This sword is ‘folded hundred times steel’ and it has a  jade guard.
     
  90.  Iron sword
Total length: 96.5 cm
Period: Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
Iron sword with double edge, and a jade guard. It was used at the same time as the ring pommel sword. it is one of the earliest weapons in steel from China, following bronze sword style, the blade is ‘folded hundred times steel’.
Made in Longquan.
     
  91. Seven Stars Sword
Total length: 80.9 cm
Period: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD)
Folded blade with steel inlaid, the blade of this heavy iron sword was designed with seven stars inlay.
Made in Longquan.
     
  92. Short Long Quan Sword
Total Length: 58.2 cm
Period: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD)
Wooden-hilt sword with round pommel and compound steel inlay.
Made in Longquan.
     
  93. The Qi Family Sword
Total Length: 83.8 cm
Period: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD)
Sword used by the army of the renowned Ming general Qi Ji Guang who fought against foreign forces, light in weight and easy to use with one hand.
Made in Longquan.
     
  94.Silver Decorated Sword of the Ming Dynasty
Total Length: 73.2 cm
Period: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD)
Made in the folding method with "horse tooth" edge pattern and flower decorations engraved on cupronickel, with ox horn hilt.
Made in Longquan.
     
  95. Large Officer’s Sword
Total Length: 93.4 cm
Period: Middle Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Formal officer’s sword of compound blade with feather lines and whirled-weld plus curved edge.
Made in Longquan.
     
  96.  Officer’s Sword
Total length: 80 cm
Period: Middle Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Formal officer’s sword, folded style and compound made, with engraved flower fittings and large lacquered scabbard.
Made in Longquan.
     
  97.  Officer’s Sword
Total length: 87.8 cm
Period: Middle Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Senior officer’s sword, with compound blade forged in folded manner with engraved flower fittings and seven stars on blade encased by ray-skinned scabbard.
Made in Longquan.
     
  98. Straight Spine Officer’s Sword
Total length: 88.4 cm
Period: Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Straight-edged officer’s sword, with compound blade in folded style and iron fittings.
Made in Longquan.
     
  99. Straight Spine Waist Sword
Total length: 69.4 cm
Period: Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Forged and folded in compound style, a small waist sword with rounded ‘fuller’, a concave groove in the middle of the blade to make the blade lighter. The sword displays a nice carved swastika in a whole pierced in the blade.
Pommel is of very nice copper fittings.
Handle was reconstructed for the exhibition.
Made in Longquan.
   
     
  100. Gui Pi Pattern Straight Sword from Long Quan
Total length: 60.3 cm
Period: Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Compound blade forged in folded manner, with fittings made by ‘lost wax castings’ method with trailing plant in Gui Pi pattern.
Made in Long Quan
     
  101. Fortune and Longevity Short Sword from Long Quan
Total length: 48.8 cm
Period: Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Compound blade of simple pattern on fittings, carved with “longevity” and bat meaning “fortune and longevity”.
     
  102. Long Quan Double Edged Straight Sword
Total length: 68.3 cm
Period: Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD)
Forged and folded and compound style and inlaid with seven stars and flower pattern.
The pommel is tri-lobbed and shows further inlays.
Made in Longquan.
   
     
  103. Flute Dagger
Total Length: 49.6 cm
Period: Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911)
Like a long flute in appearance, this sharp, beautifully conserved blade is classified as a weapon of self-defence.
Made in Longquan.
     
  104. Bronze whip
Period
: Qing Dynasty
(1644 – 1911)
Collection: Henan Museum
  Detail
     
  Extra-Catalogue
Contemporary rendition of a Tang Dynasty Sword with a double edged tip.
Folded steel forged and polished in the Longquan tradition.
Author
: Zhou Zheng Wu
Overall length
: 102.5 cm
Blade length: 74.5 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
Scabbard length: 78.1 cm
Copper fittings

 

   
 

 

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