Ritual Shaivite Dagger with Nandi Finial
Bronze and iron
length: 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg
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.
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.
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