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

length: 28.5cm

This fine sewar dagger has a chape, upper scabbard and hilt ring all encased in sheet silver that is engraved with scrolling plant and geometric motifs.

The silver mounts cover most of the scabbard with only the middle section left unadorned and exposing the wood beneath.

The hand guard and hilt are of fine horn, the hand guard being carved and pieced with foliage motifs.

Sewars were intended as stabbing weapons. Accordingly, the knife here is long, thin and single-edged - ideal for stabbing.

This example is in fine condition. There are no losses or repairs. It has a fine patina.

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

Inventory no.: 2404

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