Pesh-kabz knife and sheath - ROM2010_11663_1


Pesh-kabz knife and sheath

Medium:Steel with ivory grip and gilding
Geography: Bangladesh
Date: Early 20th century
27.2 x 4 x 6.6 cm
Object number: 972.38.A
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Qamar Chowdhury
Not on view
DescriptionThis object has an interesting personal history. Qamar Zaman Chowdhury was born in the village of Slynet Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1941. He came from a military family, but he studied to become a geologist, and in 1969 moved to Canada to work in the Alberta oil fields. To find a suitable life partner he went back to his village, and arrangements were made to find a wife. One was found in the Bengali community of Nottingham, England, and Qamar and Ruby (born in Slynet in 1952) were married. This dagger was a wedding gift, in recognition of the military traditions of the family, by Qamar’s uncle. Qamar donated the dagger to the ROM in 1972, in order to preserve this special object for future generations. Their daughter, Sophia Chowdhury, reached out to the museum 2010, almost 40 years since the dagger was donated to the museum's collections by her father. She wanted to connect with this part of her history. The positive impact of having a family heirloom in a museum collection is that the object will forever be attached to a family's name and preserved using the highest standards of conservation. This is often not possible in a private home where objects can get lost or decline in condition over time. As part of a museum collection, the donor and their descendants can see the object for generations to come.
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