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Ritual Dagger and Curved Knife
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Ritual Dagger and Curved Knife


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Description This unique and exquisitely crafted ritual object combines the Tibetan dagger with the curved knife. Animating the dagger is the power of the three deities whose faces (one with a horse's head above it) appear at the top: they destroy ignorance, desire, and hatred. The blade, which has the form of a butcher's flaying knife, cuts through ignorance and evil tendencies. The section opposite the curved blade has the shape of a "vajra" (thunderbolt).
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Rudi Rudolph, New York City; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1969; given to Walters Art Museum, 2007.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2007

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Period
15th century
Medium
gilded copper alloy
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1448
Measurements
L: 16 5/8 × W: 8 1/2 × D: 2 3/4 in. (42.2 × 21.6 × 7 cm)
Geographies
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)

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