Language: Marathi
Source: Secondary reference material

Description

Dandpatta is the Marathi name for the patá, or a "gauntlet sword", a sword strongly associated with the Marathi caste.1 The Maratha empire (1674-1818) rose to prominence in the 17th century and defeated the long-established Mughal empire.

Also see: pata

 

 

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A spectacular pata in near-perfect condition.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2019.

Shivaji

Shivaji Bhonsle I, founder of the Maratha Empire with a zoomorphic gauntlet sword in his right hand.
British Museum collection.



Notes to introduction
1. P. S. Rawson; The Indian Sword, Herbert Jenkins LTD, London, 1968. Page 46.
Also see: Robert Elgood; Hindu arms and Ritual, Eburon Academic Publishers, Delft, 2004. Page 257.

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With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.

€2400,-

This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:

€2000,-

A fine sword guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty. It were fine Chinese dāo hùshǒu like this example that became the prototypes for an entire genre of Japanese tsuba with strong Chinese influence. It's nice to find a 100% Chinese example from time to time, like this one.

€1500,-

A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.

€800,-

It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.

€5200,-

Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.

€600,-
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