Fine Silver Dagger, Eunjangdo, w/beautifully engraved ancient symbols
Please refer to our stock # 1245 when inquiring.
This fine silver lady's dagger (eunjangdo) is beautifully engraved with ancient symbolism. The deer, pine tree, and flying crane in stylized clouds, all set in a 'Shangri-la Paradise', are symbols of longevity. The bamboo is a symbol of resilience and flexibility, as it bends rather than breaks in a strong wind. The mythical tortoise-like creature seen here puffing out a breath of life is a Hyonmu, worshiped in ancient folk belief as the god of ardent love between a man and woman. The back is engraved with akebia mountain root (symbol of good health), plantain (symbol of resuscitation from death), and lotus blossom (symbol of rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun). Eunjangdo were worn by women of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of their 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'. The inscription on the back reads "Celebrate Good Fortune". 6 inches, 15 cm.