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Dagger with Silver Mounts & Ivory Hilt
Burma
19th century

length when blade is in the scabbard: 29cm; length of blade & hilt: 28cm

This fine example of a Burmese dagger (dha-hmyaung) comprises a rosewood scabbard with silver mounts; a short, curved, single-edged steel blade; and an
ivory hilt with silver mounts.

The hilt is of plain, shaped ivory with a fine honeyed patina.

The hilt collar is of silver embellished with a band of finely plaited silver. The scabbard has double band of silver edged with finely plaited silver wire and an
end casing of silver with similar edging.

The condition is very good. There are no losses, no chips to the ivory, just some old but closed crackling that runs with the grain, and no movement of the
blade in the hilt.

Provenance: Acquired from the UK art market.

References:
Fraser-Lu, S.,
Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Inventory no.: 1495

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