A guest on the Antiques Roadshow was left speechless by the price of Indian daggers.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW expert Runjeet Singh stunned his guest when he revealed the incredible value of the historic Indian weaponry she brought to the BBC One show.
Arms and armour expert Runjeet Singh was recently presented with three traditional Indian daggers during an episode of Antiques Roadshow.
The incredible blades were brought onto the BBC One show by a guest who explained that they were part of her father’s weaponry collection.
When Runjeet revealed their exorbitant value and symbolic meaning, however, she was at a loss for words.
“Thank you for bringing me these daggers and armour from ancient India,” Runjeet said.
For many of the military, including the Sikhs, the religious aspect was extremely important.
“We worship weapons, and many Hindu groups do as well.
“Could you tell me how you got them?”
The impressive weapons, according to the guest, belonged to her father and were part of his collection, which he began when he was in his twenties.
“His collection has grown to around 500 pieces,” she told Runjeet.
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In the 1980s and 1990s, her father purchased the daggers she gave to Ranjeet, an antiques expert.
“That was the golden age of collecting,” Ranjeet explained.
But I know your father and have dealt with him over the last few years, and I know these objects were probably brought when I was in school, and they’re fantastic.”
A vicious-looking South Indian Bichuwa, which translates to scorpion sting due to the curved shape of the blade, was his personal favorite.
He explained, “This handle tells the story of Sati, who was married to Shiva, the Hindu God Shiva.”
“However, Sati’s father-in-law Daksha held a fire ceremony, a religious ceremony, and he didn’t invite Shiva, so Sati went and threw herself on fire in protest.”
“When Shiva heard, he plucked one of his dreadlocks and tossed it on the floor, and up sprung Virabhadra, who is pictured right here [on the handle]and is a protagonist in the story.”
“Virabhadra was present at the ceremony and replaced Daksha’s head with that of a goat.
We can see Daksha with a ram’s head, and Shiva and Sati riding at the top.”
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