Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, took many mortal shapes, or "avatar"
A classic example of the 16th century.
Presented here is a beautiful khanda with an exceptionally fine pierced hilt.
With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
A very fine example retaining its original lacquered shaft.
An exceptional example with a graceful hilt with a strong presence.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Private collection. Not for sale.