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Fine Antique Korean Lady's Dagger of Metal and Wood

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Fine Antique Korean Lady's Dagger of Metal and Wood

A Rare Antique Wood and Metal Korean Woman's Dagger beautifully rendered with a crane (symbol of longevity), and an attached cup in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality, with a lotus blossom (symbol of purity) atop the peach. The delightfully rendered symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. A rare and beautiful work of Korean folk art. 7 inches, 18 cm.

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