From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
Base 8 mm
Middle 6 mm
1 cm from tip 2.5 mm
Base 22.5 mm
Middle 15 mm
1 cm from tip 4 mm
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A small Bhutanese dagger called dozum in the local language. Most dozum are all-purpose utility knives, worn by Bhutanese men of all social classes as a tool and status symbol. This particular piece seems to be a single purpose, meant for stabbing.
The single-edged blade is rather thick at the base and tapers to a very sharp point.
Hilt is typical for the type, with the classic Bhutanese pommel in fine openwork. The front shows a sacred jewel between scrollwork. The back has a pattern of hexagons which are a stylized representation of the lotus seed pod, as also seen on the base of early Hindu statues.
The very short grip section is wrapped with braided copper wire, seated between two ribbed washers.
The scabbard is made of wood and covered with brass. The scabbard is divided into three sections with petal borders like seen commonly on larger Bhutanese swords as well.
Some dents and tarnishing, as well as forming of oxides on the brass. See photos. Minor play in the pommel.
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