Chinese/Japanese bone tachi

length (in scabbard): 41 1/2"
"blade": 27 1/2"
"blade" width: 3/4"
grip: 10 1/2"
guard: 3 1/4"
weight (sword and scabbard): 2 lbs 9 oz

"Blade" is in quotation marks above because this is an art piece and not a weapon ...from the 1870's through the 1920's, the Chinese produced a lot of these bone swords for the Japanese art market. Every single part is bone - the grip, tsuba, blade, scabbard, all of the fittings ... carefully carved and fitted together, etched, decorated, and painted. Interesting as both a decorative antique and as a stirling example of Chinese craftsmanship under Japanese influences. This particular piece is unusally long ... most seen are quite a bit shorter. There are some modern repairs to sections that cracked, and the stand pictured above is included.