Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
Overall 81 cm
Blade 70 cm
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
37mm at base
widest 38.5 mm
11.2 cm from center of crossguard
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A very good example of a sosun pattah, the name meaning "lily leaf". 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. The blade is fairly thin and light and stiffening comes from the T shaped cross-section as is the case on Ottoman yatağan 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.
The hilt is made of blackened steel with gold koftgari of floral and geometric patterns, almost all of which remain intact.
The hilt shape with upturned rim, domed pommel cap and recurved knuckle bar with lotus bud finial are all indicative of Punjabi, and most likely Lahore manufacture.
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.
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Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
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