Date: 19th century
Dimensions: L. 12.5 in.
Museum number: 681
Physical location: Section 2 (Central Hall): Implements of War
This dagger (or a small stiletto with a curved blade), is known as a bićhu’ā comparing its lethal stab to a scorpion’s poisonous sting. The four small mouldings on its brass grip are stylised makara heads (a composite marine creature meant to ward off evil in Hindu mythology). This would have been held in an icepick grip or a stabbing stroke with the blade extending from the bottom of the hand.