Japanese/Chinese bone tachi

length: 31 1/4"
"blade": 23"
"blade" width: 5/8"
grip and pommel: 7 3/4"
tsuba: 3 1/2" x 2 3/4"

"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. There are some modern repairs to sections that cracked, and the decorative box pictured above is included.