An exceptionally large example with a desirable three fullered blade.
Base 8 mm
Middle 6.5 mm
Near tip 5.5 mm
Base 34 mm
Middle 34 mm
Widest at tip 101 mm
13.6 cm from guard
Steel, iron, cotton, wood, leather
Probably around mid 19th century
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The kora is thought to originate from Bengal but is mostly associated with the Ghurkas of Nepal, who were known as capable and fearless warriors even today. Former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famously said:
"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha."
-Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
Former Indian Army Chief of Staff
A very fine example, of classic form. The narrow blade has a thick ridged spine and a wide groove on either side. It is forge folded with a high-carbon plate exposed at the edge and layers of very fine pattern welding on either side.
The blade is in recent polish to reveal its construction to the fullest.
The hilt consists of two flat discs that protect the hand. The grip section is wrapped with cord in a special braid. At the pommel is a conical structure with a multi-layered peak that somewhat resembles the top of a stupa.
It comes with its original wooden scabbard which is covered by black leather. The tip section was damaged so this part was replaced by a professional woodworker and covered with new brown leather.
Overall in very good condition. Everything is tight. No distortions in the blade's profile. In new polish, very sharp.
A very nice example with original scabbard and very finely forged, pattern-welded blade. A while ago I had a larger kora that was one of the finest I had seen at the time. This blade is more finely forged even and in better condition.
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Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.
With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.
With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.
With vintage silver mounted scabbard.