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Ritual Dagger with Narasimha, Hanuman, and Birds Motif

Asian Art

MEDIUM Brass and steel
DATES 17th century?
DIMENSIONS length: 10 1/4 in. (26.0 cm)
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. 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 brass handle. Figures of Narasimha (Vishnu's man-lion avatar) above Hanuman (monkey general to Rama) appear on the hand guard, flanked by parrots with a kirtimukha (hungry demon face) where the handle meets the blade.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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