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Asian arms in old European paintings logo

Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Serrated talwar

Serrated edge talwar

With gold koftgari decorated hilt.
Malabar coast brass hilt talwar

South Indian brass hilted talwar

The hilt with remains of silver plating.
Early Indian talwar

Early Mughal talwar

It has a narrow but thick blade with an elegant curve and a raised backedge, all reminiscent of earlier steppe sabers.
Pattern welded talwar logo

Explosion pattern weld talwar

A Marwari talwar with an exceptional pattern welded blade.
Serpentine hilted pesh-kabz

Punjabi serpentine hilted pesh-kabz

From the knife-making center of Bhera in the Punjab, using finely polished serpentine.
Indian sota mace logo

Indian sota mace

All steel Indian forward curved mace.
Bundi katar

A katar from Bundi

Belonging to a group of royal katar made by Khemau under Maharao Ram Singh.
Early sword katar hilt

Hooded sword katar

Extremely large example with nearly full-length Western blade.
Gold and silver hooded katar

Silver decorated Vijayanagara katar

A very good Vijayanagara katar of the 16th century with much of its gold and silver overlay remaining.
Chettinad door

Chettinad door

These doors lead to family apartments in Chettiar palaces.
Long bladed Deccan katar logo

Long bladed Deccan katar

With wide flaring side bars that offer added protection.
Indian parrot hilt dagger

Parrot hilt wootz khanjar

With vintage silver mounted scabbard.
North Indian katar with tools

North Indian katar with tools

With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
Full wootz kard

Full wootz kard

...and some gold.
child-katar-logo

Rajput child katar

With ganga - jamni gold koftgari
Korbandi logo

Korbandi

Hindi word for a type of decoration with a plain center and gold or silver decorated borders.
Northern Indian katar logo

Northern katar

with laminated blade and chiseled hilt.
Northern katar of Southern style

Katar from Kota, Rajasthan

Indian wootz blade and remains of floral gold overlay.
Indian katar in katar logo

Katar in katar curio item

Made around 1900 in Alwar, Rajasthan, for the tourist market.
Indian percussion blunderbuss

Persian percussion blunderbuss

With very fine twistcore barrel.
Sikh talwar logo

Signed Sikh talwar, dated 1838

Of Punjabi make, inscribed inside the knuckle guard as being presented by Sukhu Singh in 1838.
silver-piha-kaetta-with-scabbard

Sinhalese pihiya with scabbard

Introduction

Often called piha-kaetta, which are actually the chopper versions, these knives were ma

Gold alloy piha kaetta logo

Gold alloy Sinhalese pihiya

Often called piha-kaetta, these knives were mainly made by the King's Workshops.
Mughal arms in Leiden

Review: Wereldmuseum Leiden Mughal arms

A review of the Mughal arms exhibit ad the Wereldmuseum Leiden.
Fine Kutch horse head shamshir

Fine Kutch horse head shamshir

The style typical of Kutch, the execution far above what is normally seen on work from that area.
Jade mounted dagger logo

Indian Jade mounted dagger

Nice and complete with opaque green hilt and scabbard mounts.
Early Indian sword logo

South Indian cobra tip sword

An early fighting piece with strong reinforcing langet and broad, cobra shaped tip.
Lucknow enamel kard logo

Indian enamel and wootz dagger

With designs of animals, often attributed to Lucknow, north India.
Indian bronze betel box

Indian betel box

Made of brass and bronze, now deeply patinated.
Very good Deccan chilanum logo

Very good Deccan chilanum

A large example in excellent state of preservation.
Heavy armor piercing katar

Heavy armor piercing katar

With a narrow blade of impressive thickness. Attributable to the Bundelkhand area.
South-indian-silver-gilt-katar

Large southern silver gilt katar

Its hilt overlaid with thick silver, then fire-gilt.
Punjabi Khanda for the court of Ratlam logo

Punjabi khanda for court of Ratlam

The hilt carries an inscription dating it to 1841.
Tarah-i-khara logo

Tarah-i-khāra (तरह इ खर)

Hindu name for a heavy type of heavy bodkin
Indian arrows logo

Group of mounted Indian arrows

Featuring various extremely rare arrows with crescent heads.
 Indian flintlock lance logo

Flintlock lance

A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at least.
Sipar logo

Sipar (سپر/सीपर)

Persian word for shield.
Sipar fouladi (wootz shield) logo

Large sipar fouladi (wootz shield)

North Indian shield entirely made of wootz, including its bosses.
Tipu mania child's talwar logo

Southern Indian child's talwar

With an inscription alluding to it having belonged to the son of Tipu Sultan.
Rajput katar with rubies logo

Rajput katar with rubies and diamonds

Of steel construction with gold overlay. Of a type produced in Rajasthan in the early 1800s.
Silver chevron katar

Silver chevron katar

All the designs being true inlay, with almost no losses.
Garsoee katar

Garsoee katar

An enigmatic type of katar produced in various places in India.
Indian jade hilted dagger

Indian jade hilted dagger

With wootz blade and the jade hilt set with small rubies.
Kundan setting logo

kundan (कुंदन)

It literally means "gold" but is also a technique for setting gems into brittle surfaces.
Gilt copper hilted kard dagger logo

Gilt-copper hilted kard

Fine Indian kard with gilt copper alloy hilt, decorated with chiseled flowers.
Talwar glossary logo

The Indian talwar, a glossary in Hindi

Glossary of terms of the Indian talwar sword.
Firangi logo

Firanghi with gold overlaid hilt

The manner of decoration is entirely geometrical, which is very hard to do right.
Indian ganga-jamni kard logo

Ganga Jamni decorated kard

Ganga - Jamni refers to the rivers of the Ganges and Jamna. It was used to describe metalwork done in contrasting colors, usually gold and silver, in inlay or overlay work.