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Karen ritual rice sickle

Karen ritual rice sickle


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Edged Weapons: Pre 1920: Item # 1371380

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Very rare ceremonial rice cutter from the Karen people (this particular one is from Northern Thailand). This knife would only be used on the first cutting of the season and as with most all of the rice cultivators in Asia there is a great deal of ritual and importance given to this act, regardless of the religion i.e. Buddhist, animist, Hindu etc. The handle has a wonderful original patina and the blade is till quite sharp but the tip is broken. Circa 60 to 100 years old. I am always fond of these sorts of things as they serve to remind us that rice is something more than what comes in a vacuum sealed bag from the store. Total L: 32cm/12.5in.