ANTIQUE INDO PERSIAN SIKH CEREMONIAL DAGGER KIRPAN
Antique 19th century Sikh ceremonial dagger kirpan, mounted in characteristic Punjabi form brass hilt and engraved on the forte. Extremely sharp single edge curved blade is 5 1/8 inches long (13cm). Overall length; 7 ½ inches (19 cm). The Kirpan (ceremonial sword) worn by followers of the Sikh religion sometimes raises questions or concerns among people who are unfamiliar with the religion or it's tenants. The Kirpan is an ingrained part of the Sikh religion and is in many ways its religious symbolism is similar to the Cross in Christianity. Just as a Cross is worn be devout Christians, baptized Sikhs are required to wear the Kirpan. The Kirpan is no more symbolic a weapons than the Christian Cross is symbolic of a torture instrument.
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