Ritual Sword (Khadya) with Scabbard

Tibeto-Chinese, Buddhist
early 14th century


Object Place: Tibet or China

Dimensions

93.98 cm (37 in.)

Accession Number

1988.326a-b

Medium or Technique

Cast iron blade with crocodile skin covered scabbard, both decorated in gold, silver, and iron as well as coral, glass,and lapis lazuli

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Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Long sword and scabbard. The sword hilt is in gold with inlaid gemstones in the form of a demon. Inscribed with mantras in Sanskrit, written in Newari script.

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA in 1988 from Spink and Son, Ltd., London.

Credit Line

Frederick L. Jack Fund and funds donated anonymously