Origin: China (?)
Dating: 16th century
Dimensions (cm): 84,5 x 7
Weight: 694 g
Inv. no.: PD1017
This type of double-edged sword is commonly associated with Tai Chi and it is traditionally known in China as the Gentleman of Weapons.
Tai Chi – which we usually associate with a form of meditation – is a martial art and, as such, a method of combat. By associating the gracefulness of Tai Chi with the use of this sword, the result is lethal.
As the weight of these swords is concentrated on the handle, circular movements with the wrist facilitate precise attacks.
They tend to be very sharp weapons whose aim was to hit tendons or joints in order to disable the opponent.