Symbolic doctor's sword, Japan, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Japan
maker:
Unknown

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Symbolic wooden doctors sword in form of scabbard and handle, decorated with carved dragon, red cord for suspension, Japanese, 1801-1900

‘Bokuto’ were imitation wooden swords. They were worn in Japan by doctors and merchants during the 1700s and 1800s. The swords are imitation because, at this time, only Samurai warriors could carry real swords. A bokuto was often worn at night. It gave the impression of a real sword to warn off potential attackers. This sword is made of wood and decorated with a carved dragon.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A64323
Materials:
complete, silk, wood (unidentified)
type:
ceremonial sword
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • weapon
  • edged weapon
  • furnishing and equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • weapon
  • ceremonial weapon
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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