Large Korean Antique Wood and Metal Lady's Dagger. One side has a deer
(symbol of longevity), lotus blossom (symbol of purity), and pine tree
needles (symbol of integrity and longevity). The other side has a crane
(symbol of longevity) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). The deer and
the crane both have brass eyes, a very nice touch. This dagger has 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 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'. 11 inches.