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Ceremonial Dagger

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India Anonymous,
Ceremonial Dagger, c. 1800
Bronze on Iron
13 1/4 in. x 1 5/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (33.66 cm x 4.13 cm x 4.76 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.26


Commentary
The three-edged ritual blade protrudes from the mouth of the elephant headed Hindu deity Ganesha and extends into a four-faced image of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The pommel is topped by an image of the Buddha, and this ceremonial dagger is used to cut through negative energies to protect Buddhist teachings. Such ritual weapons are also thought to dispel evil thoughts and worldly desires.

- Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Cast bronze handle with an iron or steel blade.

Object Description
Three edged ceremonial dagger with a brass handle and iron blade. The long blade protrudes from the mouth of Ganesha (the elephant deity), and extends into a four-faced Vishnu with cranial projections. The faces connect to each other at the earrings. The handle is topped with a Buddha.

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