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Sword and scabbard

China (Han Dynasty) (221 B.C.E.-25 C.E.)

In greatly reduced condition. Presently protected by plastic cover, thus description based on indirect examination. Tang stub 0.035 cm. long extends above sword guard. Jade guard, lozenge-shaped in section. Upper edge of sword guard has rectangular notch; lower edge is shallow chevron. Incised on guard is tiger head. Blade and scabbard nearly completely consolidated. Under magnification it is possible to see fabric fibers, wood grain and deteriorated iron.