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Khmer Knife

Mysterious bronze handled knife with iron blade from Cambodia. Very quirky “dragon” handled knife with original bronze sheath bindings, this could possibly be a type of early “meed mor” (Thai magic knife), but to be honest I cannot find any references to this design and style although the pommel has an uncanny resemblance to “Knife with Dragon-Headed Handle, Ordos Type, 14th cent” in the Harvard Art Museum- just google this. A Khmer dating seems logical as this came out of Cambodia and I acquired this from someone who normally dealt in this genre as well as Dong Son type items. Anyway I will guarantee this to date to no later than the Khmer period (802 CE to 1431 CE) but leaving open that this could also be Cham or Funan as well. What is left of the iron blade is quite brittle and flaky but the bronze bits are remarkably well preserved. Please view enlargements to note the fine detail. L: 25cm/9.8in.

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