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Ge (halberd)

Artist Unknown, China

the ceremonial degger-axe replicate in jade a common bronze weapon of the Shang dynasty called ge. It has a wide blade with a sharp point at one end and a plain, rectangular tang on the other.

1600 BCE - 1100 BCE

1960/2.110A&B

green nephrite with mottling

rank 19.12474

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Dagger-axe (Ko)

Artist Unknown, China

ceremonial jade ge dagger-axe, pointed blade on one end and squared tang for hafting on the other. It was broken and mented in the middle. Traces of cinnabar, red mercury sulfide, remain on the jade surface, indicating it probably came from a Shang elite burial in China. The jade material was probably fire treated to create the bony look.

16th-12th century BCE

1600 BCE - 1100 BCE

1960/2.119

heat-treated jade

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with mushroom design

Artist Unknown, Japan

Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. There are two openwork motifs of mushrooms on the lower left. Rusts on some parts of the piece.

16th century

16th century

1966/1.100

iron

rank 19.12474

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Tsuba (sword guard) with incised flame design

Artist Unknown, Nabeshima ware, Japan

This small, flat metal piece has a quartrefoil shape. Two holes in the middle. Flame-like incision all over the piece. Silver is applied around the center hole.

Late 16th-Early 17th century

late 16th century - early 17th century

1966/1.101

Shakudô (copper-gold alloy)

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1966-sl-1.103/1966_1_103_VIEW1.JPG

Tsuba (Sword guard)

Sadanobu

It is a round, openwork tsuba, in the design of three interconnected bamboo leaves. It has the signature: Kishû jû, Sadanobu.

1809-1879

17th century

17th century

1966/1.103

iron

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Sword (13th century) and scabbard (18th century) with design of samurai writing a poem under cherry tree

Kagemitsu

The sword is long and slightly curved; the metal smith's name is engraved on the metal handle.

(active late 13th–early 14th century )

Late 13th-Early 14th century

1299-1301

1973/2.85

forged steel blade with wooden handle and scabbard

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Sword (original) and later handle, sword guard, and scabbard

Ietsugu

The sword is long and slightly curved; the handle cover is wrapped with black cords, mostly worn out. The round tsuba (sword guard) is made of steel and has two holes. The scabbard is painted with lacquer and has a string for hanging. There is a pair of lion-shaped menuki (fitting) on the handle.

(active Ôei era, 1394 - 1427)

14th-15th century

1394-1427

1973/2.87

forged steel blade and lacquer

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Sword, ornament, and scabbard

Artist Unknown, Japan

The sword is long and slightly curved; the metal smith's name is engraved on the metal handle. The scabbard is painted with black laquer with image of samurai and cherry tree. He wears a jacket, pants, a straw hat and a sword, holding a brush, possibly writing a poem on a piece of paper hanging from the tree. The figure and tree are painted with rose-color and gold laquer.

19th century

1858

1973/2.88

forged steel, lacquer, and gold

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with inlaid design of samurai on horseback at the shore

Harunori

This small, flat metal piece has a quartrefoil shape. Three holes in the middle. Some chips can be seen around the center hole, which mended with silver and copper. A samurai on horseback is charging into the sea from steep hill; he is wearing a helmet, armor, and sword, and holding a fan. A pine tree is standing on the samurai’s right side; there are rocks and bamboo grass by the ocean. The motifs of the ocean, pine tree, bamboo grass and rocks also appear on the reverse side. Gold and some silver and copper inlays are applied on pine branches, samurai's helmet, horse's mane and bridle, bamboo grass on the shore, and spray from waves.

18th century

18th century

1978/2.2

iron with gold, silver, and copper inlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with design of blowfish, shrimp and plant

Seishinsai

This small, flat piece made of light brown brass (called "sentoku" in Japanese) has a round diamond shape. It has a triangular shaped hole in the center and another round hole on one side. Artist’s name is signed between the two holes. The surface is slightly concaved from the rim. The front has relief design of a shrimp, blowfish, and bamboo branch. On the back, there are designs of a spiral shell, a barnacle, and water drops. The sea motifs are inlayed with gold, silver, copper, and shakudô (copper-gold alloy).

19th century

19th century

1978/2.3

brass with gold, silver, copper, and shakudô (copper-gold alloy) inlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with design of three pawlownia crests and vines

Kinai School

This small, flat metal piece has a circular shape and an openwork design. It has a triangular shaped sword hole in the center, flanked by two other holes, which are filled with shakudô (copper-gold alloy). The sword hole is mended with gold. Three crests, consisting of pawlownia leaves and flowers, are interconnected with vines. There are some abrasions on the center oval shape around the sword hole. The surface is slightly textured by minute stippling. The outer rim is slightly elevated from the inner design. This openwork carving technique is called "marubori" (round carving).

17th century - 19th century

18th century

circa 1750

1978/2.4

iron, gold and shakudô (copper-gold alloy)

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1978-sl-2.5/1978_2_5_VIEW1.JPG

Tsuba (sword guard) with design of Kanzan (Chinese, Han Shan) and Jittoku (Chinese, Shihde), two Zen eccentrics

Artist Unknown, Japan

Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. Two figures, Kanzan and Jittoku, are carved on the lower right corner. Kanzan, who holds a scroll on his hand, and Jittoku, who holds a bloom stick and pointing to the sky, are looking upward. The two figures are carved slightly higher than the surface. On the back, there is the moon partially obscured by clouds. Gold and silver alloy inlays are applied to the moon and the clouds. Gold is also inlayed in their eyes, parts of the garments, and Kanzan's scroll. Shakudô (copper-gold alloy) is inlayed in Jittoku's bloom and his jacket collars.

18th century

early 18th century

1978/2.5

iron with gold, silver, and shakudô (copper-gold alloy) inlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (Sword guard) with design of dragon among clouds

Okada Masatoyo

The flat iron plate with quatrefoil shape and the design of a dragon in midst of clouds. It has three holes: one for blade (middle) flanked by two deformed oval-shape holes (for kougai and kozuka). Around the blade hole, there is the carver’s signature. The design of a dragon, among stylized clouds, is intricately carved in high relief; the dragon has almost three-dimensional quality. On the back, the dragon tail, some parts of the body, one claw are peeking from clouds. The dragon coils around the center holes. The rims of the three circles are wavy, as if they are the part of the cloud design. The stoppers on the blade hole edges are made of gold. Some silver inlays are applied on the dragon’s eye blow and some nails.

act. 1789

19th century

19th century

1978/2.6

iron with gold and silver inlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with eight family crests

Artist Unknown, Japan

Circular tsuba, made of iron. Inside an exterior circle, eight smaller circles are placed with the same spacing. The eight circles are connected to the exterior circle as well as to the three center holes where kôgai, blade, and kozuka are placed. Each of the eight circles have a different family crests. The openwork technique seen here is called "marubori" (round carving). The surface is slightly textured by minute stippling.

19th century

19th century

1978/2.7

iron and gold

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with iris design

Artist Unknown, Japan

It is a round, openwork iron tsuba, in the design of three interconnected irises. The two holes are plugged with gold.

18th century

circa 1780

1978/2.8

iron and gold

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (sword guard) with chrysanthemum and butterfly design

Artist Unknown, Japan

The flat iron plate with quatrefoil design. It has three holes: one for blade (middle) flanked by oval-shape hole (for kougai) and oval with bump shape (for kozuka). Chrysanthemums, autumn grass and a rock are carved on lower-right side; a butterfly is descending toward the flowers. Gold inlays are applied to the flowers, grass, part of the rock, and butterfly. The surface is finely granulated by etching (“ishime-ji”).

18th century

18th century

1978/2.11

iron with gold inlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Tsuba (Sword guard) with inlaid design of egrets and reeds(attached to 1973/2.88)

Artist Unknown, Japan

This tsuba is a flat iron plate with quatrefoil design. It has three holes: one for blade (middle) flanked by oval-shape hole (for kougai) and oval with bump shape (for kozuka). Egrets and reeds decorate the surface, distributed in a curve that climbs counter-clockwise from the bottom left register, culmiating in the top left with a lone egret in flight. Egrets on the bottom of the piece perch on the ground or nest in the golden reeds.

18th century

1615-1868

1978/2.12

iron with gold and silver inlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Kris handle in the shape of an ogre

Indonesia

20th century

20th century

1981/2.77

ivory

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Menuki (sword scabbard ornament): dragon (attached to 1973/2.87)

Artist Unknown, Japan

Golden lion with gently curving tail and arched back. Each foot is capped with three intimidating claw-like nails. The lion is oriented as if stalking from left to right, but the head turns back inward towards the center, with a downward flowing mane.

19th Century

19th century

1982/2.18

gold

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Knife

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Kuba

Possibly 20th century

circa 1900

1984/2.34

carved wood, patination and red wood powder

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Royal Sword

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Kuba

Possibly 20th century

circa 1900

1985/2.56

iron, wood and copper

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Scarification knife

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Kuba

20th century

circa 1935

1985/2.68

iron and copper wire

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1996-sl-2.19/1996_2.19.JPG

Ge (ceremonial dagger-axe)

Artist Unknown, China

ceremonial bronze ge dagger-axe, with pointed blade on one end and zoomorphic tang of stylized bird motif on the other.

13th-11th century BCE

circa 1300 BCE - circa 1100 BCE

1996/2.19

cast bronze with malachite patina

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Knife (Power Emblem)

Artist Unknown, African, Burkina Faso, Mossi

20th century

20th century

1998/1.48

iron blade with wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Ngbaka Throwing Knife

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire)

20th century

20th century

1998/1.69

metal blade with fabric and cord covered wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.84/1998_1.84.JPG

Curved Saber

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Binja

20th century

20th century

1998/1.84

metal blade with brass wrapped wood handle with brass tacks

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.85/1998_1.85.JPG

Prestige Axe

Artist Unknown, African, Benin, Toma

20th century

20th century

1998/1.85

metal blade with wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.86/1998_1_86.JPG

Sword (eben)

Artist Unknown, African, Nigeria, Benin

Cast ceremonial sword. The "fan" shape is indicative of the royal eben type. The general shape may be derived from northern, Sahelian influences. The looped handle is also typical of the eben type.

20th century

20th century

1998/1.86

metal blade with ivory, leather and cloth covered handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.87/1998_1.87.JPG

Throwing Knife

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Bandja

20th century

20th century

1998/1.87

metal blade with leather grip

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.89/1998_1_89.JPG

Saber

Artist Unknown, African, Nigeria, Benin

20th century

20th century

1998/1.89

iron blade with cast brass handle with copper overlays

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.100/1998_1.100.JPG

Prestige Axe

Artist Unknown, African, Mali, Bambara

20th century

20th century

1998/1.100

metal blade with wood handle with metal studs

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.101/1998_1.101.JPG

Knife

Artist Unknown, African, Cameroon, Bamileke

20th century

20th century

1998/1.101

metal blade with wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.102/1998_1.102.JPG

Short Sword

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire) or Central Africa, Banja

20th century

20th century

1998/1.102

metal blade with copper wrapped wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.115/1998_1.115.JPG

Throwing Knife

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Brazzaville), Baya-Bumali

20th century

20th century

1998/1.115

metal blade with wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.118a-amp-amp-sem-b/1998_1.118A_B.JPG

Circumcision Knife with Sheath

Artist Unknown, African, Baule Peoples Côte D'Ivoire

20th century

20th century

1998/1.118A&B

metal blade with leather and hide sheath with dyed shell

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.129a-amp-amp-sem-b/1998_1.129A_B.JPG

Knife with Sheath

Artist Unknown, African, Algeria, Berber?

20th century

20th century

1998/1.129A&B

metal blade with wood handle trimmed in metal and fabric covered leather sheath

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.131/1998_1.131.JPG

Ceremonial Knife

Artist Unknown, African

20th century

20th century

1998/1.131

metal

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.133/1998_1.133.JPG

Knife

Artist Unknown, African

20th century

20th century

1998/1.133

metal blade with wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-1998-sl-1.134/1998_1.134.JPG

Knife

Artist Unknown, African

20th century

20th century

1998/1.134

metal blade with wood handle

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-2006-sl-1.146a-m/2006_1.146.JPG

Armor and Helmet with Paulownia Crests

Workshop of Mitsusada

The armor is comprised of a round helmet with a neck protector and a crescent-moon shaped ornament; a mask with fake mustache; an upper-body protector with sleeves from waist down and paulownia crest in the middle; a thigh cover; two metal leg protectors; two arm and hand protectors. The suit is stored in a black lacquered box with the gold crest.

The helmet is made of red-painted metal lined with indigo-died cotton fabric and deer skin leather trim, which is attached to the metal helmet. The cotton is quilted with indigo-dyed cotton threads. There are two loops on side and one loop in the back, to hold a code for tying below the wearer’s chin. The code is indigo-dyed and then plaited; there are some fading areas. On the outside of helmet, the paulownia crest is on side flaps (to protect ears). There is a hole in the middle of the helmet for a head ornament. The metal leaves are interlaced with cotton strings. Ceremonial knots of yellow code on the back. It weights about 10 pounds.

The helmet ornament is in crescent moon shape and made of lacquered wood in gold color. There is a slot on the back to place the ornament in the helmet. The slot is nailed to the wood; it looks like a later creation.

The mask covers below the wearer’s eyes, ears, nose and mouth, and down to front neck. The upper part is made of metal; the neck is in metal pieces and cotton codes. The mustache is made of animal hair. The mouth has fake teeth painted with gold.

The arm and hand protectors are made of red-painted metal shell and silk fabric with small flower motifs lined with deerskin and indigo-dyed cotton fabric. The shell is consisted of small metal panels connected with chains. The hand protectors have three different crests. The protectors are tied with indigo dyed cotton codes on back.

The leg protectors are also made of red-painted metal with silk fabric lining. On the metal surface of each piece, there are the artist’s signature and seal.

The body is consisted of metal panels, lacquered with gold in design of peonies and vines. The family crest appears in the middle. Metal knots are in chrysanthemum design. Inside is lined with leather printed with lions and peonies. The shoulder pads are made of cotton quilt in tortoise shell design.

The apron for thighs is made of silk fabric quilt and metal panels. The metal panels protect thighs. The apron belt is made of cotton kasuri; the back is lined with indigo dyed cotton.

The thick belt for the body is made of padded silk fabric.

19th century

19th century

2006/1.146A-M

metal, lacquer, silk cords, and silk fabric

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-2006-sl-2.73/2006_2.73.JPG

Ogun Ax (àáké or edùn Ogun)

Artist Unknown, African, Yoruba Peoples Nigeria

Carved ax handle is comprised of a kneeling male figure with rounded knob on top of his head, into which narrow end of triangular iron ax blade is embedded.

Mid-20th century

1925-1975

2006/2.73

wood, iron

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

Full Record: x-2007-sl-1.101/2007_1.101.JPG

Engraved Powder Horn

Artist Unknown

Animal horn engraved with the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, in which a crowned lion and a chained unicorn supporting a shield stand above a banner with the motto “dieu et mon droit” (which directly translated from French means “God and my right” referring to the monarch’s divine right to govern which has been used as the motto of the British monarch since it was adopted by Henry V (1413-1422)). The shield consists of four quadrants: the first quadrant contains four lions, the second contains three fleurs de lis, the third contains a mermaid and a harp, the fourth contains three lions and a stag or dog-like animal. Surrounding the shield is a belt or garter upon which is emblazoned “Honi soit qui mal y pense” which means “evil unto they who think evil,” the motto of the Order of the Knights of the Garter, an ancient exclusive British order consisting of 25 members who were selected by the king of England. Near the base, the horn is engraved with a cityscape of Philadelphia from the harbor with numerous buildings, towers, boats and ships, and a man with a rifle shooting at a stag or lion in the distance.

18th century

18th century

2007/1.101

animal horn

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor

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Brass Knife with Sheath

Artist Unknown, African

A long knife with a brass handle and its sheath. A dark brown rope is tied to the sheath, which has etched designs decorating it.

20th century

2010/2.8

brass

rank 19.12474

Arms and Armor