Gilt bronze sword pommel

From Japan
Kofun period, 6th century AD

This gilt bronze pommel was made for a straight single-edged iron sword, and is an example of the annular, or ring-shaped type. They often contained designs originating in China or Korea, particularly pairs of phoenixes or dragons. Chinese and early Japanese pieces like this were cast in one piece, but later Japanese examples were also cut from plate.

The hole in the base received a pin fixing the pommel to the end of the hilt.

Find in the collection online

More information



Museum number

Asia JA 1936.11-18.136



Find in the collection online

Search highlights

There are over 4,000 highlight objects to explore