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Ritual Shaivite Dagger with Nandi Finial

Asian Art

MEDIUM Bronze and iron
DATES 17th century
PERIOD Nayak Period
DIMENSIONS length: 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg
PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dagger with long sculpted hilt, now much worn from handling. Running up the shaft of the hilt are several figures of deities, with an image of the Hindu god Shiva's trusted mount, the bull Nandi, shown reclining at the top, sheltered by a canopy of multiple cobra hoods.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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