Sword with Carved Handle
Unlike sacred swords kept as treasures, the tashiro is intended for work in the mountains as well as self-protection from bear attacks. The blade is usually Japanese-made for trade, and the Ainu often attached a carved handle and sheath, such as those shown here.
late 19th-early 20th century
knife in sheath: 1 9/16 x 1 1/2 x 19 7/8 in. (4 x 3.8 x 50.5 cm)
sheath alone: 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 14 in. (5.7 x 3.2 x 35.6 cm)
knife alone: 3 x 15/16 x 18 1/2 in. (7.6 x 2.4 x 47 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Herman Stutzer
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Ainu. Sword with Carved Handle, late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, knife in sheath: 1 9/16 x 1 1/2 x 19 7/8 in. (4 x 3.8 x 50.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.497a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 12.497_PS9.jpg)
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