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    Small Malay Sewar Dagger with Hippopotamus Tooth Mounts

    Malay People, Sumatra or Malay Peninsula
    19th century

    length: 19cm, weight: 49cm

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    private collection, UK

    This small, fine sewar dagger has a slightly curved, long, single-edged steel blade; and a long, thin wooded hilt with a hippopotamus tooth chape and hand-guard, and a hippopotamus tooth hilt.

    Sewars were intended as stabbing weapons. The small, fine proportions of this example suggest it was intended for use by a Malay woman.

    This example is in fine condition. It has a superb patina, particularly the tooth hilt and hand-guard which have a rich, honeyed colour. The tooth has the seams and grain that is typical of hippopotamus teeth.


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

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