* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
Tibetan or Chinese, 14th-16th century
Iron, gold, and silver ...
This sword is one of the finest of a small group of rare early swords from Tibet. The hilt, including its grip, is made entirely of iron that has been embossed, chiseled, and then damascened in gold and silver. The guard, just below the grip, takes the form of a stylized mask with teeth and fangs, probably representing a protective diety or guardian figure. Straight double-edged blades of this type are more often seen on Chinese swords but were also used in Tibet."