10th-12th century AD. A knife with single-edge iron blade, slightly curved and with a swept edge, bronze grip formed as a drum-shaped column with ribbed bands, the pommel a collared monkey holding in both forepaws the head of an ox(?), the beast's legs draped around the handle and tail lifted to form a small loop; to the monkey's rear, a disc stud with monogram(?) below the tail. 211 grams, 21.3cm (8 1/4"). Property of a London gentleman; acquired in the 1970s.
Fine condition, blade chipped.
Cambodian Khmer Knife with Monkey Handle
Estimate £600 - £800
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