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Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Jian (sword) with broken handle
9700 BCE
Gift of F. Karel Wiest
1981/2.72
This stone dagger has a handle that is divided into two parts, separated from each other by a thinner band. The upper tier is smaller in length than the lower tier, which flares outward as it approaches the end. The tip of blade is broken off. In profile, the blade thickens in the center.<br />
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Carved from stone, this dagger with a two-tier handle is missing only its tip. The cross section of the blade is rhomboid, while that of the handle is shaped like a convex lens. The dagger is of the later two-tier-handled type (<em>idanbyeongsik</em>), meaning that it probably dates from the end of the early Bronze Age or the beginning of the middle Bronze Age. Max Loehr (1903- 1988) was a German art historian specializing in East Asian art who taught at the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1960 as a professor.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p.32]
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Polished Stone Dagger
900 BCE – 701 BCE
Museum purchase from the collection of Max Loehr
1960/2.117
wood handle covered with copper and camwood powder
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Ritual Sword
1895 – 1905
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1985/1.157
Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. Two figures, Kanzan and Jittoku, are carved on the lower right corner. Kanzan, who holds a scroll on his hand, and Jittoku, who holds a bloom stick and pointing to the sky, are looking upward. The two figures are carved slightly higher than the surface. On the back, there is the moon partially obscured by clouds. Gold and silver alloy inlays are applied to the moon and the clouds. Gold is also inlayed in their eyes, parts of the garments, and Kanzan's scroll. Shakudô (copper-gold alloy) is inlayed in Jittoku's bloom and his jacket collars.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Tsuba (sword guard) with design of Kanzan (Chinese, Han Shan) and Jittoku (Chinese, Shihde), two Zen eccentrics
1700 – 1732
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.5
It is a round, openwork iron tsuba, in the design of three interconnected irises. The two holes are plugged with gold.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Tsuba (sword guard) with iris design
1775 – 1785
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.8
This sword has a long blade with a tri-pointed tip. The center of the blade has a ridge running the length of it. The wooden handle has a V-shaped top.
Mbun (Mbun)
Short Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.61
The wood handle of this sword is wrapped in metal wire and embellished with a design of two stacked discs. The cutting edge of the sword runs along the length of one side. The cutting edge is made up of three half circles with the last and largest half circle forming a large, pointed hook. 
Ngombe (Ngombe)
Execution Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.63
This sword with three barbell-shaped handles is attached to a wrought iron shaft ending in two large, curved blades. The shaft is composed of three sections of hourglass-shaped open work interspersed with knots. The two top blades have triangular cut-outs. 
Asante (Asante)
Ceremonial Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.88
Sword with a handle composed of a narrow wood rod connected to a flat disc on one end and a conical shape at the other end. The handle and sheath are decorated with brass and iron tacks. The blade is wider near the handle and then narrows to a point. 
Sword and Sheath
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.92A&B
The wooden handle of this sword has two sharp projections at its end. The blade is wide and has a double-arched end. 
Sengele (Sengele (culture or style))
Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.99
The blade of this sword has two slight, triangular protrusions on each edge. On one side of the blade are closely placed incisions running the length of the blade. The wooden handle is wrapped in wire. 
Kele
Short sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.121
It is a round, openwork tsuba, in the design of three interconnected bamboo leaves. It has the signature: Kishû jû, Sadanobu.
Sadanobu
Tsuba (Sword guard)
17th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1966/1.103
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