The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art
Yao shaman's dagger
iron, 19th century

priest’s (shaman’s) ceremonial dagger with rattlers


length 68.5 cm

Yao people

northern Vietnam

19th century


condition:  typical rusted surface


provenance:  collected in Vietnam by Jack Daulton

Not unlike a Tibetan phurba, these daggers, known as "Kim," "Sui Gim," or "Kim Tsin," are shaken and stabbed during ceremonies to scare off malevolent spirits and thereby to purify or consecrate a ritual/sacred space.   

For the type, see Jess G. Pourret, The Yao: The Mien and Mun Yao in China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand (Bangkok: River Books, 2002), ill. 572, pg. 208.


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