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Sewar Dagger with Ivory & Silver Mounts
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century

length: 34.5cm weight: 241g

This elegant sewar dagger has a slightly curved, long, thin damascened blade; a long, thin wooded hilt decorated with four plain silver bands, and a silver tip
or chape finely engraved on both sides with typically Malay scrolling foliage and fruits; a plain ivory hand-guard; and a slightly bifurcate ivory hilt; and silver hilt

Sewars were intended as stabbing weapons.

This example is in fine condition.  It has a superb patina, particularly the ivory hilt and hand-guard which have a rich, honeyed colour. The hilt does have old,
stable, age-related cracking typical of old ivory.

Gardner, G.B.,
Keris and other Malay Weapons, Orchid Press, 2009 (reprint of 1936 original).

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 2403

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