Place of Origin: Bhutan
Date: 18th-19th Century
Overall Length: 585mm
Blade Length: 445mm
A high quality silver and gold mounted Bhutanese short sword. The hilt has a pommel cap made of pierced and gilded silver with the top having a gold dragon surrounded by silver scrollwork. The front panel has a gilt half-moon flanked with two gaping monster heads and a lower ju-i shaped cloud, all set in silver scrollwork. The rear panel has a honey comb window pattern with interlocking Y shaped motifs. The faceted wooden grip is tightly wrapped in silver braided wire and there is a beaded rim at the top and bottom. A short silver collar between the hilt and blade.
A straight single edged blade of traditional form shows a pattern which indicates that the bright steel was made by means of a technique known as 'Hair-pin folding'.
The scabbard of timber core is covered with thick silver sheet with a beaded scabbard mount and gilt scrollwork. A large central panel with gilt bands and W shaped motifs all containing chased scrollwork and floral patterns. An integral loop, decorated with gold scrolls, holds a red canvas strap which would be used to secure the sword to the belt of its owner.
See LaRocca, no.73, p.171 for a similar sword.