Language: Hindi
Source: Period sources


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, or steel and copper alloy for pieces of mail.1

"It is most common to use only gold or gold leaf for the prominent portions of a work, the sides and back parts being often done in silver, but both metals are frequently employed together with good effect, the silver threading in and out amongst the gold. Such a combination is styled Ganga - Jamni, from its supposed resemblance to the mingling of the dark waters of the Jamna with the muddy stream of the Ganges at the Triveni, or their point of union with the mystic Sarasvati below the fort at Allahabad. Although the Punjab is so prominent for damascening, the most artistic work is done in Rajputana, or wherever the Rajput lives." 2

-Thomas Holbein Hendley, 1892


Talwar hilt in ganga-jamni

Fine Jodhpur style talwar hilt.
Decorated in Ganga-Jamni style with gold and silver.
Author's collection 2020.


Punjab mail shirt

A mail shirt, probably Punjabi, with rings in contrasting colors.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2019.


1. See: Stone, George C.; A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times. (Reprint) Jack Brussel, New York, 1961. Page 244. 
2. Thomas Holbein Hendley; Damascening on steel or iron as practiced in India. W. Griggs & Sons, Ltd. London 1892. Page 9.

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With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.


A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.


With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.


Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.


Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.


Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.