Chinese Sword Stands

Sword typology and Edge Weapons forms of the Chinese Empire and related cultures with an emphasis on their relationship to Swordsmanship.

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Chinese Sword Stands

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:43 pm

Antique Chinese sword stands & weapons racks in general are fairly rare. Over the years I've only found a few sword stands, which are essential table screens with hooks on them for the weapons to hang horizontally. But I came across this painting of (I believe) Dorgon with a jian in a stand by his side at http://club.china.com/data/thread/56881 ... 4/8_1.html.

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Post by taiwandeutscher » Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:52 pm

Well, I got a stand with a heavy wooden basis plate, a one-arm vertical beam, with a claw-like hand to hold the vertical sword, which has to be in it's scabbard. Horicontal stands also offer the possibility to show the blade, which is nice, too, isn't it?
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Daojiazi

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:50 am

Here's one example of the most common style of Chinese Sword Stand, called a Daojiazi in Mandarin. We sold this one thru Seven Stars Trading a couple of years back.
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Daojiazi Side View

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:51 am

From theis side view of the above daojiazi (Sword Stand) you can see how they are typically designed to hold swords on both their front & back sides. Everyone that I have seen has also hade the "Wu" character in the center.
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Re: Chinese Sword Stands

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:53 am

taiwandeutscher wrote:... a stand with a heavy wooden basis plate, a one-arm vertical beam, with a claw-like hand to hold the vertical sword, which has to be in it's scabbard...
This sounds like a version of Japanese katana stands that are designed to hold swords vertically, what do you think?

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Re: Chinese Sword Stands

Post by Chris Lampe » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:06 pm

I really like the vertical style sword stand and when I finally get around to having my custom jian made I'm going to display it in that style stand.

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Another Chinese Sword Stands

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:07 am

Most of the stands I've seen are about 31" (79 cm.) tall and 18" (46 cm.) wide. All are quite ornate & made as quality pieces of furniture.
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Vertical Chinese Sword Stands

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Mon May 23, 2011 7:12 am

Here's an interesting variant on a Chinese sword stand that holds the sword vertically-
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