Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Length

Overall 81 cm
Blade 70 cm

Blade thickness

T-spine: 10 mm at base, 6.5 mm middle, 3 mm near tip
Blade: 3 mm at base, 2 mm middle, 2 mm near tip

Blade width

37mm at base
narrowest 30mm
widest 38.5 mm

Weight

660 grams

Point of balance

11.2 cm from center of crossguard

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A very good example of a sosun patah, the name meaning "lily leaf". When these swords are good, they tend to be rather nicely made and this example is a case-in-point.

The recurved blade is of typical elegant form with a pronounced widening at the tip section. Th blade is fairly thin and light, and stiffening comes from the T shaped cross-section like is the case on Ottoman yataghan and Afghan khyber swords.

It is made of fine, consistent wootz steel with good contrast and somewhat of a repetitive pattern with a series of bands perpendicular to the cutting edge. It is not quite the prized ladder pattern, but it is also not the typical random burl pattern you see in most wootz. The edge is burnished bright as was the northern fashion.

 

Hilt
The hilt is made of blackened steel with gold koftgari of floral and geometric patterns, almost all of which remains intact.

The hilt shape with upturned rim, domed pommel cap and recurved knuckle bar with lotus bud finial all strongly remind of a group of sosun patah that are attributed to Lahore, which is probably where this piece is from as well.

 

Condition
Near-excellent condition. Some very minor edge damage and minor losses to the gold here and there. All is tight. Blade in recent polish and etch to bring out the finer details in the steel.


 

Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt
Sosun patah with golden damascened hilt

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