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Malay Sewar Dagger with Fine Silver Mounts

Malay People, Sumatra or Malay Peninsula
19th century

length: 36cm, weight: 326g

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Provenance

UK art market

This Malay sewar dagger is notable for having a scabbard almost entirely covered in in bands of particularly high-grade silver. The silver is, or is almost, pure, and has taken on a wonderful patina with age and use.

The slightly bifurcate hilt is of striped kemuning wood, and the hand-guard possible is of cengal wood.

The steel blade is curved and single edged.

The hilt has an old, stable, shrinkage-related crack and the blade has the usual rust stains. Overall the dagger has a soft patina and a wonderful feel of age and use.

References

Sheppard, M., Taman Indera: Malay Decorative Arts and Pastimes, Oxford University Press, 1972.

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