8-ring Dao Sword
- Dated: circa 1900
- Culture: Chinese
- Measurements: blade length 57cm blade, 5cm wide at the base, widening to 10cm
This Chinese Dao was captured in Peking by Brigadier General G.H.Turner during the Boxer Uprising around 1900. It was later Donated by his daughters, the Turner sisters, and if I recall correctly a Yacht club in Victoria and later sold as public display laws changed. The sword is a thick and heavy blade. Each side of the blade has twin upswept fullers just below the eight rings found on the pierced spine.
Below these fullers are two dragons chasing a flaming pearl. To the forte of each side are the Bagua or trigram symbols, both this and the dragons being very potent symbols. The sword is noted to be an executioners sword which is often just a western misconception associated with Dao and Dadao swords, but often Dadao types of swords were used in this manner as historical photos portray.
Though, the provenance and presence of heavy corrosion to the tip may indicate that this weapon was used as an execution sword. The hilt is of typical styling seen on sabres of the late 19th century. It has a large bulbous brass pommel and collar and a decorative Tsuba like guard with simulated bamboo edges and decorative floral motifs to the grip side. The grip is bound in mulberry paper and original cloth bindings.
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