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letter opener or knife
  • China or Japan
  • letter opener or knife, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: China or Japan
  • metal, incising, embossing
  • Object Length/Width: 21.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 8 7/16 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Allen Phillips
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3528

The goldtone handle is decorated with a standing figure, in elaborate armor, stabbing a staff or spear into a creature, possibly a dragon, at his feet. The blade is decorated with a snake on one side, and the other side is incomplete.