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Fine Eunjangdo Woman's Dagger & Chopsticks

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Metalwork: Pre 1800: Item # 995503

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This silver eunjangdo is a set that includes a pair of silver chopsticks, used by royalty and aristocrats to detect if their food is poisoned. 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 chopsticks, sheath, and blade handle are made of silver, meticulously decorated with a floral scroll design. 4.75 inches, 12 cm.