sword (weapons: edged); scabbard

A steel sword with hilt of brass and wood. The wooden grip is fluted and has a small hole, possibly for tying a cord or tassel, surmounted with a pommel and a wing-like guard curved upwards at both ends. The blade is straight, pointed, and double-edged, with a median crest and a deep cut on mid-section. The pommel and guard are engraved with a 'shou' character surrounded by bats. Bat is pronounced as 'fu' in Chinese, which also means 'blessing'. The combination of these two auspicious motifs, 'fu' and 'shou', symbolises 'blessing' and 'longevity'.
The scabbard is made of wood, covered with tortoise shell, and mounted with engraved brass fittings with two loops. The brass fittings are engraved with the 'shou' character surrounded by bats as on the pommel.


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