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Sword Guard (Tsuba)

This tsuba comes from a burial mound (kofun) in Shioda, in the Japanese province of Bizen, and is one of the earliest sword guards to survive from Japan. It was part of the exchange of objects between the Imper... more

Straight, Double-Edged Sword Blade (Ken)

The ken, a sword with a straight double-edged blade based on Chinese prototypes, was used in Japan from at least the third century until the sixth century. At the end of that period, the double-edged sword was ... more

Sword handle

Kofun period (ca. 300–710)

Sword Sheath Mount

Made in Niederbreisig, Germany

Sword and scabbard

Kings of the Sasanian period (224–651 A.D.) are almost always depicted with a sword suspended from the belt, a motif appropriate to the victor in combat. This iron sword with a gold-covered wooden scabbard is a... more

Scramasax (Short Broad Sword)

Made in Niederbreisig, Germany

Sword

This sword has an iron blade and was adorned with gilt-bronze elements on the cross guard and quillon. Parts of its wooden scabbard remain fused to the blade, which also was decorated with gilt-bronze mounts at... more

Sword Pommel

This handsome sword pommel is one of the finest surviving fragments of Anglo-Saxon goldsmith work. The pommel's quasi-triangular shell, of cast copper alloy, is decorated with silver panels inlaid with niello p... more

Bowl with a Man Holding a Sword and Shield

Attributed to Iran, Nishapur

Sword Grip (?)

United States, Alaska

Matrices for Sword Mounts

Bronze molds such as these were used to form the metal parts of a sword hilt and scabbard, usually made of the soft metals gold, silver, or copper. The three molds shown here are for the guard and the upper and... more

Sword

The richly decorated hilt and pattern-welded blade indicate that this sword was carried by a warrior of high rank, perhaps a Viking chieftain or a Frankish nobleman. The braided copper wires on the pommel may r... more

Hamzah, an uncle of the Prophet although of about the same age, dressed in gold armor and holding a sword, threatens to punish those of the Quraysh who are not faithful to Muhammad after Abû Tâlib's death.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Iskandar kills Fûr of Hind in single combat by cleaving him down the middle with his sword.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Manûchihr kills his uncle Salm by striking him in the head with his sword.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

The text concerns Zâl's fight with the Turanian hero Khazarvân, but the illustration shows Rustam in his traditional costume and mounted on Rakhsh striking off the head of a dragon with his sword.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Fudō Myōō (Achala-vidyārāja)

Fudō Myōō is the most widely represented of the Buddhist deities known as Myōō, or Kings of Brightness. A fierce protector of the Buddhist Law, he is a direct emanation of the Buddha Dainichi Nyorai, the princi... more

Sword Pommel

This pommel is one of the best examples of a distinct group of sword and dagger pommels dating from the time of the Crusades, most of which have been found in the area of the Middle East that was known to Europ... more

Gauntlet Sword (Pata)

Straight-bladed swords of this type, called pata in Hindi, are unique in having a built-in gauntlet as part of the hilt. The sword thus became a rigid extension of the warrior’s forearm and was a formidable cut... more

Sword Handle with Scenes of the Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura

The detailed elaboration of the Mahisashuramardini scene on this blade fitting, complete with a garland of severed heads arrayed on the curve of the guard, suggests that this weapon was intended for ritual anim... more

Battle Scene

This scene depicts a battle in which the central figure appears to be the only one who has not lost a limb. Severed heads, arms, and legs and a man who has lost his hand are arranged across the composition. The... more

Fudō Myōō

Fudō Myōō (Sanskrit: Acala-vidyaraja), the chief of the Five Wisdom Kings (Godai myōō), is the wrathful avatar of Dainichi Buddha and the tenacious protector of Buddhist law. His iconography, drawn from the Dai... more

Sword Pommel with the Arms of Pierre de Dreux (ca. 1190–1250), Duke of Brittany and Earl of Richmond

This sword pommel is decorated with the arms of Pierre de Dreux, Duke of Brittany, who was captured during the Seventh Crusade at the Battle of al-Mansurah in Egypt on February 8, 1250. He was later ransomed an... more

Man with sword from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 194v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man with a sword and a gauntlet before a bishop. Image taken from f. 194v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk and man with a sword from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 247v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk with a group of other men speaking to a man who carries a sword. Image taken from f. 247v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). W... more

Ornamental Plaque of a Knight on Horseback

The original use of this plaque is unknown; it may have decorated a tomb or perhaps an elaborate piece of furniture. It provides an excellent picture of a fully armored knight of the late thirteenth or early fo... more

Tile with Bell between a Key and a Sword

This square tile is decorated in encaustic with a bell flanked by a sword and a key, all on the diagonal, and the whole of the design enclosed with a line border.

Sword Guard in the Form of Confronted Dragons

Timurid royalty admired the qualities of nephrite (jade). The carved pieces that survive from the period include engraved rings and at least two dragon-handled white jade jugs. Also, at least two jade dragon-he... more

"Kai Khusrau Enthroned Holding a Sword", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

This illustration from the Shahnama shows Kai Khusrau on his throne holding the sword with which he will execute Afrasiyab for the murder of Siyavush, bound and standing before him. Next to Afrasiyab is his br... more

Sword Guard (Tsuba)

This tsuba features an openwork design of a saw. It is made in the so-called kō-toshō (swordsmith's) style.

Sword (Ral gri)

This is one of the best examples from a small group of rare early swords from Tibet. The hilt of this sword, including its grip, is made entirely of iron that has been embossed, chiseled, and then damascened in... more

Sword Guard

Depicting the face of a wrathful Tibetan Buddhist guardian deity, this extremely rare sword guard was originally part of a complete and very lavish sword. It is from the peak period of Tibetan or Sino-Tibetan i... more

Sword Guard (Tsuba)

This tsuba features an openwork design of two overlapping flowers. It is made in the so-called ko-kachushi (armor-maker's) style.

Eliud offering a sword from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 31

Miniature of Eliud offering a sword to a king and Eliud killing the king, in the upper register; and of Deborah sending the Israelites into battle, in the lower register. Image taken from f. 31 of Psalter ('The... more

Eliud offering a sword from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 31

Detail of an upper register miniature of Eliud offering a sword to a king and Eliud killing the king. Image taken from f. 31 of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Saint Paul

The brother-in-law and occasional collaborator of Simone Martini, Lippo Memmi was an artist of great stature and refinement. This panel is from an altarpiece of which six other panels are known. It seems to hav... more