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Beautiful Korean Lady's Dagger with Detailed Engraving

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Beautiful Korean Lady's Dagger with Detailed Engraving

Beautiful Antique Korean Lady's Dagger with Detailed Engraving of a Deer (symbol of longevity), bamboo (symbol of resilience), pine trees (symbol of longevity and integrity), the mythical bullocho longevity plant, and two cups in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality. Each peach is adorned with a lovely plum blossom, a symbol of courage. The delightfully rendered and abundant 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. 5.25 inches, 13.25 cm.

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