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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.
Korbandi logo

Korbandi

Hindi word for a type of decoration with a plain center and gold or silver decorated borders.
Indian parrot hilt dagger

Parrot hilt wootz khanjar

With vintage silver mounted scabbard.
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.
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.
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.
Marwar talwar with dated hilt

Marwari talwar with 1857 dated hilt

The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
Deccan talwar of William Fraser logo

A Fraser talwar from the Deccan

Once belonging to William Fraser (1784-1835), a British civil servant.
William Fraser

William Fraser

A British civil servant who is famous for recruiting Ghurkas and the compilation of the Fraser album.
18th century Indian talwar with Fraser provenance

A Fraser talwar, 18th century

Once belonging to William Fraser (1784-1835), a British civil servant.
South Indian katar with yali logo

Southern katar with yali langets

Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
Southern katar

Southern katar with thick point

The blade with an extremely thick point on a very thin blade.
Double bladed katar

Double bladed katar

Also called jamdhar doulicaneh. Forged from a single piece of steel, complete with scabbard.
Northern wootz katar logo

Northern wootz katar

With different types of decor on either side of the hilt.
Vijayanagara katar logo

Vijayanagara hooded katar

With crisp, extremely very well-preserved wootz blade.
Rare Santali shield logo

Rare Santali shield

Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
North Indian antelope axe

Indian Antelope Axe

An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
Slender chilanum dagger logo

Slender chilanum dagger

Of elegant form with very crisp blade.
Sinhalese pihiya logo

Sinhalese pihiya

A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Sosun pattah with twistcore blade

Sosun pattah with twistcore blade

The hilt with overlay of the finest quality of the period
Indian talwar with 1693 dated blade logo

Talwar with 1693 dated blade

With later, elaborately chiseled hilt of very fine quality.
Sikh chakram

Sikh fighting chakram

A sharp, heavier user. Not the flimsy type usually encountered.