Daggers, Thailand. Museum no. IM.60

Daggers, Thailand. Museum no. IM.60

Daggers
Thailand
about 19th Century
Steel and ivory
Museum no. 60, 61 & 62-1937

Each dagger's pommel end has been carved with a figure from popular Thai mythology, influenced by Indian culture. The kneeling figure with two hands together is Hanuman, the monkey general and the close ally of Rama, from the Ramayana. Two ogres are shown one on top of the other, while the beaked figure is the half human, half eagle Garuda who subdues coiled snakes, symbolic of the waters.