Nepalese Sacrificial Ram Dao

2,600.00

India, Bengali Regions or Nepal – 19th century

Materials: Steel, Iron, Brass, Wood, Pigment

Status: Available

2,600.00

Description

A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century

A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century

The ‘Ram Dao‘ is a sacrificial weapon from the Bangali and Nepalese regions. It was used during the annual Hindoo ‘Dessehra’ sacrifice festivals and represents the spiritual presence of the worshipping of Kali. One of the facets of the sacrifices to Kali is by spilling blood. The ‘Ram Dao‘ was meant to decapitate a buffalo as it would resemble the slaying of the buffalo demon Mahishasura which was done by Kali’s progenitor, Durga.

http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/24316
Sacrificial Ram Dao from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ney York (Bequest of Cameron Stone)
A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century
The sacrificial ‘Ram Dao’ listed by Antiques by the Sea.

The hilt:
Made of steel and attached to the blade, consisting of a segmented rod which ends in a wooden handle which is riveted to the hilt by a brass pommel-cap. The terminal of the rod ends in a makara head and is fully engraved and decorated with a  bright red pigment. The wooden handle has a brass ferrule on both sides.
A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th centuryThe blade:
Being top-heavy and depicting a creature with a pronounced snout, decorated with a brass finial. The protrusion half way on top of the blade represents the hat of Mahishasura, an auspicious symbol that stands for the decapitating of the buffalo demon. The blade shows a carved decoration of an inlayed brass eye on both sides which represents the witnessing of the slaying of Mahishasura.
A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th centuryCondition: Excellent, good original patina. The pommel-cap has an old damage. Comes on a modern display stand.

Dimensions:
Hilt: 41.6cm
Blade length: 70.5
Blade spine thickness: 5.5mm
Total length: 90cm

Weight: 3.951gr.

Sources: Ravinder Reddy’s ‘Arms & Armour of India, Nepal & Sri Lanka

Comparable examples: The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York acc.nr. 36.25.1284
A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century

A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century

A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century

A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century A Sacrificial 'Ram Dao' to sacrifice buffalo during Durga, Nepal and Bengal regions - 19th century

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