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Sword with Carved Handle

Asian Art

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.

DATES late 19th-early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Herman Stutzer
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, knife and scabbard, 12.497a-b_view1_Ainu_project.jpg. North American Ainu Documentation Project, Yoshiburo Kotani, 1990-92, 1990-92
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Sword with Carved Handle