Red coral grows at a very slow rate; it takes decades to grow into a decent size and reach the hardness required for sculpturing. It is uncommon to have an artifact at this size.
This coral sword was chiseled by sculptor Zheng-Yu Huang. It is 69cm in length and has been signed “jade stone” by the sculptor.
The hilt and blade are sculptured from the one piece of red coral. The pommel, bell and tassel have been beautifully carved into individual branches of the coral, which took the artist 2 years of painstaking work.