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    • Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles
    • Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles
    Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

    15 March - 26 March, 2011

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    Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles

    Tang period, 7th century

    This extremely delicate knife set would most probably once have belonged to a lady of high rank.  The delicate gold chain, by which it would have been attached to the wearers belt, has not been un-knotted since the Tang period.

    Length of lapis lazuli handles: 4.2cm and 7.2cm; Length of gold filigree: 9.4cm and 10.4cm