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child-katar-logo

Rajput child katar

With ganga - jamni gold koftgari
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.
Mutiny era khukuri logo

A fine mid 19th century khukurī

An understated, elegant khukuri of substantial proportions with fine layered blade.
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.
Korbandi logo

Korbandi

Hindi word for a type of decoration with a plain center and gold or silver decorated borders.
Fine Kutch horse head shamshir

Fine Kutch horse head shamshir

The style typical of Kutch, the execution far above what is normally seen on work from that area.
Tibetan pierced iron saddle bows

Pierced iron saddle bows

This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.
Silver chevron katar

Silver chevron katar

All the designs being true inlay, with almost no losses.
Kundan setting logo

kundan (कुंदन)

It literally means "gold" but is also a technique for setting gems into brittle surfaces.
Indian ganga-jamni kard logo

Ganga Jamni decorated kard

Ganga - Jamni refers to the rivers of the Ganges and Jamna. It was used to describe metalwork done in contrasting colors, usually gold and silver, in inlay or overlay work.
Sialkot lockbox

Sialkot (production center)

A town well-known for its arms production, and gold overlay work (koftgari)
Punjab koftgari lockbox logo

Punjabi koftgari lockbox

Iron lockbox with key, decorated with the gold koftgari normally seen on arms.
Tiger stripe talwar

Talwar with wootz hilt and blade

With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Nanako logo

Nanako (魚子/斜子)

The Japanese name for punched, dotted surface finishes on metal.
Rooster fight kozuka logo

Rooster fight kozuka

Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
Sadeli work

Khātam

Persian word for a type of marquetry work.
Damascening

Damascening

Inlaying or overlaying of gold or silver on another metal.
Fine 1850s khukurī

A fine 19th century khukurī

With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.
Dastana logo

A Punjabi arm guard

Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
Koftgari-logo

Koftgarī (کوفت گری / कोफ़्तगरी)

Persian word for inlay or overlay of precious metal on iron or steel.
North Indian katar with true inlay hilt

A katar with true inlay decoration

Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Pierced iron saddle logo

Pierced iron saddle

Executed in the Tibetan style, exhibiting dragons in foliage chasing flaming jewels.
Kutch Jambiya logo

A gilt Indian jambiya

With gilt-copper hilt and scabbard done in beautiful Kutch style repousse work.
Mata-djoh logo

Mata-djoh

Long Way Dayak word for a type of decoration consisting of S-shaped ornaments.
Burmese spear logo

A rare Burmese spear

A fine example with silver overlaid spearhead and silver ferrule with niello inlay.
Chain embroidery

Sã̄gle buṭṭā (साँगले बुट्टा)

Nepali word that means "ornamentation in chains".
Dotted work logo

Mākhe buṭṭā (माखे बुट्टा)

Nepali word for a kind of ornamentation consisting of lines of small dots.
Jire logo

Jire buṭṭā (जिरे बुट्टा)

Nepali word for fluted ornamentation, "like cumin seed".
Belahari work on kukri scabbard

Belahari (बेलहरि)

Nepali word for scrollwork embroidery.
Belahari work on kukri scabbard

Belahari buṭṭā (बेलहरि बुट्टा)

Nepali word for scrollwork embroidery on a khukuri scabbard.
Embroidery

Bel-buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा)

Nepali word for scrollwork embroidery on a khukuri scabbard.
Butta work

Buṭṭā (बुट्टा)

Nepali word for embroidery; braid; filigree work.
Chinese loukong export guard

Chinese lòukōng sword guard

The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Chinese pierced sword guard logo

Qing openwork saber guard

A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Qing hozon papers logo

Chinese sword guards in Japan

The Chinese saber guard is called dāo hūshǒu (刀護手), or hùshǒu pán (護手盤) in Chinese. This literally translates to "saber handguard" or "disc handguard". At some point, the Japanese got quite a taste for them. Over the years a number of them have turned up from Japanese sources that exhibit alterations that indicate they were used by Japanese on their swords.
Sadeli work

Sadeli

Indian term of a type of marquetry that is done with the cross-sections of composite rods of different materials.
Indian Sadeli cane logo

Sadeli walking cane

Covered almost entirely in very fine "sadeli" marquetry that is associated primarily with Gujarat.
Dutch chiseled iron smallsword logo

Dutch chiseled iron smallsword

Part of a group of rare late 17th century examples, representing the finest of its kind.
Loukong Chinese openwork

Lòukōng (鏤空)

Chinese term for openwork.
Sindh presentation katar

A katar from Sindh

With markings suggesting it was a wedding gift, presented in 1832.
Talwar with true inlay hilt

Large wootz talwar

The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Ganga-jamni logo

Ganga-Jamni

Name for Indian work in two metals of contrasting colors, usually silver and gold.
Fine Deccan katar logo

Silver inlaid Deccan katar

An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
Tah-i-nishan

Tah-i-nishan (तह-ी-निशान)

Indo-Persian term for true inlaying with gold or silver.
Katar logo

18th century northern katar

With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
Persian dagger logo

Persian all steel mounted khanjar

With finely chiseled steel hilt and scabbard
Niyapoten veda

Niyapoṭen vēda

A type of Sinhalese lacquer work that was directly applied without using brushes. Also known as Mātale work.
Mātale work

Mātale work

A type of Sinhalese lacquer work that was directly applied without using brushes. Also known as niyapoṭen vēda.