Language: Manchu
Origin of term: Classical literature




Loho literally means "saber". According to the Wǔtǐ Qīngwén Jiàn (五體清文鑑) it is synonymous to yāodāo (腰刀) or "waist saber", the standard single-handed saber worn by Manchus and Chinese soldiers.

A Chinese peidao

A typical Chinese loho of the 19th century mounted in fittings for a military officer.
Blade possibly earlier. Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2016.

Officer Baningga

Manchu officer Baningga and his loho, wearing it hilt backward in the Manchu fashion.
Deputy commander of the garrison of Chahar, he lost his life during the battle of Buraci.


1. Wuti Qingwen Jian (五體清文鑑) or "Five languages compendium", A Qing imperial dictionary in Manchu, Mongolian, Uighur, Tibetan, and Chinese of 1766.

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A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.


Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.


A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.


A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.


Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.


Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".