With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
51.5 cm / 30.3 inch
41.3 cm / 16.3 inch
forte 7 mm
middle 5.5 mm
widest part 43 mm
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A rare Philippine fighting knife, probably from Luzon island. It has a very well-made blade. Heavy, wide, leaf-shaped, double edged and with well-defined center ridge. Blade is of triangular cross-section, flat on the reverse side. Its forte with chiseled decoration comprising of raised bands and floral decor on the front side. No nicks or cracks, very nice bevels and ridges.
The iron D-guard with hook on the back, shaped like a nāgá, a mythical snake-like being of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Some aspects of its design seem to be influenced by the Chinese hudiedao:
The handle is made of horn, with a wide brass ferrule. It has an old (museum?) inventory number on the back. Some play in the ferrule due to shrinkage in the horn over time.
A very rare form of Philippine fighting knife. Good quality workmanship throughout, and in excellent condition.
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Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.