A very fine and rare example of a large Ram Dao.
The overall length of this 74cms with a blade length of 55cms long and 7cms wide at the handle, widening to 18cms near the tip. The thick faceted spine is a little over 2cms thick where the handle joins.
Of a most unusual shape, this particular weapon is used to decapitate sacrificial Buffalo in ritual offerings to the goddess Kali in commenoration of the slaying of the Buffalo demon Mahisha by Kali's progenitor, Durga. (see Gods of War; Sacred Imagery and the Decorations of arms and Armor by Donald J LaRocca 1996).
The Dao retains 99% of its original red lac seen within the chiseled designs to both sides of the blade, something scarcely seen in such good condition. The blade is free from pitting ot edge nicks but does show some darkening of the surfaces in places.
An exceptional artifact in outstanding condition throughout.