Sword Dzyan — Sovy
Damascus steel blade, straight, double-edged, with one narrow central vale on both sides. On the heel on both sides are placed stylized Chinese characters, made using the technique of gold inlay. Ephesus consists of a cross, a handle and a pommel. The crosshair is cast, hollow, and stamped, which corresponds to the traditional technique of making Chinese swords. The crosshair is made in the form of an owl with outstretched wings, the bird’s eyes are inlaid with topaz. The top of the handle is figured, decorated with the image of an owl with folded wings, against a background of floral ornament. The handle is wooden, with a slight thickening in the central part. The surface of the handle is entirely covered with carved floral ornaments, into which cut-in flower rosettes of silver, stones and mother-of-pearl are woven. The scabbard is wooden, covered with brown snake skin. The scabbard device consists of a mouth, a tip and three clips (two narrow-lateral and curly-central). The surface of the device is decorated with floral and geometric patterns. An image of an owl with outstretched wings is placed on the central cage. This piece is made in the form of a traditional Chinese sword «Jian». Despite the traditional form, the authors managed to bring individuality and originality into the work.
Material: Damascus steel, silver, garnets, chrysolites, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl, topaz, wood (maple), boxwood, snake skin.
Techniques of execution: Forging, polishing, investment casting, soldering, mounting, engraving, embossing, wood carving, inlay, patina.
Overall size: 1025 mm
Length without scabbard: 1005 mm
Stick length: 265 mm
Blade length: 740 mm
Blade width: 35-25 mm
Blade thickness: 8-5 mm
Scabbard length: 760 mm