About this object

A ritual dagger made from a golden copper alloy. The dagger has three blade edges and the shaft is decorated with a dorje and makara or mythical sea serpent with pairs of snakes or nagas protruding from its mouth, at the top of the shaft is a knotted ball on top of which is the face of Hayagriva, a Buddhist protector, who wears a crown of skulls.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Alloy Copper; Gilt Metal
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Gloucester City Museum
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1950 before
  • Measurements
    205 mm; 8 1/16 in
  • Related people
    Gloucester City Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Gloucester City Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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