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Malay Sewar Dagger with Horn & Silver Mounts

Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century

length: 32cm, weight: 242g

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Provenance

UK art market

This beautiful sewar dagger is a particularly fine and elegant example. The chape, upper scabbard and hilt are encased in superbly engraved scrolling foliage against a ring-mat background, and as such are very fine examples of Malay silverwork. The wooden scabbard is further decorated with four double bands of silver. The hand guard is of finely carved and pierced horn. Sewars were intended as stabbing weapons.

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

References

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

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