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Kaudi / kauṛi (कौड़ि)

Alternative names for the kauro, a notch on the khukurī blade.
Fine hanshee khukuri logo

A fine hanshee

Early type with very shallow notch in the blade and little flare in the pommel.
Fine early kora sword

Very rare early kora

Complete with goatskin-covered scabbard with fine quill embroidery.
Gold koftgari hilted khukuri

Koftgari hilted khukurī

Impressive piece, with Indian-made iron hilt with gold overlay.
Lion pommel kothimora khukurī logo

Lion pommel kothimora khukurī

Unusual example with hilts carved in lionesque heads.
Bone hilted kothimora khukuri logo

Bone hilted kothimora khukurī

The pierced silver mounts with parcel gilding and red velvet backing.
Tool kukri

Khukurī with tools

20th century military khukurī with many different tools in its back pocket.
Dui chirra kukri

Good dui chirra khukurī

Simple piece with a beautiful blade profile.
Graf von Elz kukri logo

Giant kukri of Graf von Elz

Very large presentation kukri from the Sundarijal Arsenal in Nepal.
Palace Museum khukuri

The Palace Museum khukurī

A very important early khukurī kept in the Palace Museum, Beijing.
Newar kukri

Chope

Mewari word for khukurī.
Nepalese quill embroidery

Nepalese quill embroidery

Scabbards of antique Nepalese khora swords and khukurī knives sometimes exhibit a peculiar type of embroidery that uses quill strips from peacock feathers.
Gold plated dpa'dam

Exceptional dpa'dam with gilt mounts

One of the finest Tibetan dpa'dam around with thick gilding still intact.
Tibetan copper and silver horn

Large Tibetan copper and silver horn

Such work was made in the Royal workshops of Lhasa.
Tibetan helmet with silver visor

Tibetan helmet with gilt finial and visor

The 8-plate dome was embellished with a copper silver visor and gilt finial.
Derge

Derge (སྡེ་དགེ)

A famous Tibetan metalworking center in present-day Sichuan.
Tibetan quiver logo

Broken Tibetan quiver

A once fine example that had a bit of a rough life.
Tibetan hairpin laminations logo

Hairpin forging

Collector's term for a type of blade forging mostly seen in the Himalayas.
Tibetan hairpin forging logo

Thur

Tibetan term for their "hairpin forging" of blades.
Tibetan silver overlaid shortsword logo

Silver overlaid Tibetan shortsword

With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.
Tibetan pierced iron saddle bows

Pierced iron saddle bows

This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.
Tibetan nomad whip end logo

Tibetan nomad's whip end

An iron weight that was attached to a long leather strap.
Silver overlaid ceremonial arrowhead

Ceremonial arrowhead

Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
Tibetan nomad's whip logo

Tibetan nomad's whip

Consisting of an iron weight on a long leather strap.
William Fraser

William Fraser

A British civil servant who is famous for recruiting Ghurkas and the compilation of the Fraser album.
Dpa'dam logo

Tibetan dpa'dam with belt hook

A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.
Kora hilted khukuri logo

Sword hilted khukurī

A rarer variety with a hilt that takes inspiration from the kora and talwar.
Very fine Tibetan dpa'dam logo

Tibetan cavalry dpa'dam

With massive blade and silk brocade decorated scabbard.
Tibetan bowcase & quiver

Tibetan bowcase and quiver

Of the 19th century. Ex Stephen Selby collection.
Tibetan oracle hat ornament

Tibetan oracle crown skull

A flaming skull that was once part of the crown of a Tibetan oracle.
Bhutanese shortsword logo

Bhutanese shortsword

From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
Bowcase and quiver logo

Tibetan bowcase & quiver

A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
Bhutanese patag sword with silver scabbard

Bhutanese "churi chenm" sword

This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
Jinchuan Fanjian logo

Jīnchuān shortsword

Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
Studded Kham dagger logo

Fine Tibetan gem studded dagger

A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Tibetan armor mirrors logo

Three Tibetan armor mirrors

Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
Fine 1850s khukurī

A fine 19th century khukurī

With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.
Tibetan armor set with helmet and mirrors

Tibetan mail shirt, helmet and mirrors

Collected by American anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein in the 1980s.
Patag logo

Patag

Dzongkha name for the Bhutanese sword.
Tibetan sword logo

Tibetan dpa'dam or backsword

A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.