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

length: 32.5cm, weight: 244g

This dagger, known locally as a sewar, comprises a single-edged damascened iron blade, a horn handguard and hilt, and a wooden scabbard encased in
chased silver.

The silver scabbard is decorated with bands of typically Malay vegetal scrolling, along with a fish scale (
kulit ikan).

The form of the sewar is of Indian origin and is designed to slip into a waist band.

The
sewar is in fine condition with small losses to the edge  of the silver on the scabbard and minor cracking to the horn on the hilt.

References:
Van Zonneveld, A., Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, C. Zwartenkot Art Books, 2001.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 3554

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