sword sheath (sheath (weapons: accessories))

Sheath for sword. Two long flat pieces of bamboo, one side with a central opening along over half its length, held together by a two plaited cane bands bound around the outside in the middle, and at the top by a strip of leather that forms a loop, the ends passing through two holds on each side and then knotted. A strap of plaited cane is tied to the top leather loop and the centre plaited cane binding. Attached to the plaited cane strap were two strips of skin with black hair, possibly bear hair. Each strip has a hole at each end, with a small cane loop attached. The plaited cane strap is broken, with a short middle piece detached: most of both skin strips are also detached, with a small part of the end of one still secured to the top of the plaited cane strap.


Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk