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Catalogue - Splendor of the Orient

10. South Indian Vajramushti Iron knuckles Circa 1800

10. South Indian Vajramushti Iron knuckles Circa 1800

( ID: ic1259 )

Overall length: 10.16 cm Overall width: 7.62 cm Weight: .25 lbs Price on request A particularly interesting object rarely encountered in iron and of pleasing form and sculptural design, this pair of iron knuckles is known as a vajramushti (thunder fist) or sometimes an Indramushti (fist of the deity Indra). The vajramushti has a long tradition in south Indian gladiatorial combat, both for sport and as a weapon of war (Elgood 2005). The earliest mentions of this weapon go back to the Manasollasa of the Chalukya King Someswara III (1124–1138), although it has been conjectured to ha...

11. 18th c. Rajput Royal Kard mounted with Jahangir period jade grip

11. 18th c. Rajput Royal Kard mounted with Jahangir period jade grip

( ID: ic1260 )

Overall length: 28.8 cm Overall length in scabbard: 35.5 cm Blade length: 17.75 cm Weight: .5 lb Price on request An important Indian dagger featuring an early handle from the period of Emperor Jahangir (1605-1627), mounted in 18th century Jaipur. The eared form of either a single piece or two grip scales of solid jade, rock crystal or ivory cut, was more commonly found on Nasrid daggers of the 14-15th centuries, then Spanish daggers of the 16th c. century, and later on Ottoman yataghans, and finally was briefly in vogue in the early 17th c. Mughal court. Kaoukji notes on the...

12. South Indian Travancore Parashu axe combination weapon, circa 18th C.

12. South Indian Travancore Parashu axe combination weapon, circa 18th C.

( ID: ic1261 )

Overall length: 91.5 cm Axe head length: 15.25 cm Axe head width: 15.25 cm Weight: 5.5 lbs Price on request Few cultures created combination weapons of such interesting design and incongruous utility as that resident on the Indian sub-continent, with south India the particular area where combination forms were most readily adopted or used. A most interesting object, this exceptionally large and heavy combination weapon, combines three iconic weapons of the sub-continent with a classic Hindu khanda style handle, including a mace or gurz, a wavy dagger-like zaghnal blade, and a...

13. Circa 1800 Sind Tulwar with kirk narduban wootz blade

13. Circa 1800 Sind Tulwar with kirk narduban wootz blade

( ID: ic1262 )

Overall length: 104.2 cm Blade length: 84 cm Weight: 3.5 lbs Price on request An exceptionally large and royal quality tulwar that can be identified to the Sindh region during the reign of the House of Talpur. The quality of the blade, likely of Shirazi origin (Elgood 2017), the silver fittings, and exceptional quality sheet silver overlaid hilt indicate a royal origin. Tulwars, with slender elongated hilts, often overlaid with gold koftgari decoration of fine floral design with canted pommels, mounted with exceptional wootz blades, and scabbards with fittings with space for small...

14. Sindh Enameled Flintlock Rifle Inscribed to Mir Ghulam'ali Khan Talpur, circa 1800

14. Sindh Enameled Flintlock Rifle Inscribed to Mir Ghulam'ali Khan Talpur, circa 1800

( ID: ic1263 )

Overall dimensions: 152.4 cm Barrel length: 111.76 cm Bore: .5 inch Weight: 8.8 lbs Price on request One of the most interesting forms of Oriental guns, matchlocks and later flintlocks from the region of Sindh have a distinctive shape and often are of high quality workmanship indicative of their status in Sindhi royal culture. The finest of these guns are associated with the House of Talpur, who started a dynasty with their capital of Hyderabad in 1784, lasting through 1843. During that period, the Talpur Mirs amassed vast wealth and created large collections of arms, jewels,...

15. Early South Indian Bronze Implement in the form of a Blackbuck Antelope

15. Early South Indian Bronze Implement in the form of a Blackbuck Antelope

( ID: ic1264 )

Height: 20.32 cm Width: 10.16 cm Weight: .5 lb Price on request South Indian bronze work has long been recognized for its quality and workmanship from the pre-modern period 8th century through the 19th century. The Chola Period was especially recognized for the quality and workmanship of deities and other ritual objects cast primarily in the Thanjāvūr and Tiruchchirāppalli Districts of modern Tamil Nadu (Dehejia et. al 2002). The images would be cast by the cire-perdue, or lost-wax, process and received final carving and designs after the mold was opened. Important collections of...

16. Mysore or Tanjore straight spearhead (sang) Circa 1600

16. Mysore or Tanjore straight spearhead (sang) Circa 1600

( ID: ic1265 )

Overall length: 43.2 cm Blade length: 21.6 cm Blade width: 4.75 cm Weight: 2lbs Price on request A rare example of an Indian spearhead from the Tanjore region, and dispersed from the Tanjore armory, this south Indian sang is a rarer form of the more commonly found curved forms. These types are most often dated to the late 16th-17th centuries. The largest selection of these, in pristine condition, is found in the Royal Collection, Windsor Trust, at Sandringham and are illustrated in Griggs (1910). At least two examples are on display currently at Sandringham (RCIN 3814; RCIN 3...

17. Important South Indian Mysore Palace Aṅkuśa (Goad) Axe, circa 18th C.

17. Important South Indian Mysore Palace Aṅkuśa (Goad) Axe, circa 18th C.

( ID: ic1266 )

Overall length: 61 cm Overall width: 30.5 cm Axe head length: 15.25 cm Axe head width: 10.14 cm Aṅkuśa length: 15.25 cm Aṅkuśa width: 15.25 cm Weight: 2.7lbs Price on request An object that represents an important tradition in south Indian ironwork, this combination aṅkuśa, axe, and spear falls into an well-known tradition of combination arms going back to the 17th and 18th centuries during the Nayaka period. With a surfeit of yāli head designs in the south Indian style and mounted with an aṅkuśa, this monumental Indian arm has a likely royal origin in south India...

18. Imperial Qianlong period Chinese carved jade mounted duan dao sword with Daoist symbols circa 1780

18. Imperial Qianlong period Chinese carved jade mounted duan dao sword with Daoist symbols circa 1780

( ID: cc1267 )

Overall length- 55 cm Blade length- 36 cm Weight- 1.07 lbs Price on request An important Chinese duan dao short sword, this object dates comprehensively to the 18th century and represents an idiosyncratic short sword, indicating influences across multiple centuries of Chinese art. Dating to the mid-late 18th century, this short sword features an early Qing or late Ming period blue-grey, carved jade single piece hilt with the original iron and silver damascened bolster, retaining almost the entirety of the damascene. Indicating the importance of the hilt, an entire sword was f...

20.  Large Scroll Painting of Tang Emperor Taizong’s Warhorse, Quanmaoguo Circa 1917

20. Large Scroll Painting of Tang Emperor Taizong’s Warhorse, Quanmaoguo Circa 1917

( ID: cc1269 )

Overall dimensions: 53” X 79” Price on request A painting of the Emperor Taizong’s (598 – 649 A.D.) warhorse, Quanmaoguo, circa 1917 by the famous Chinese artist Lu Yuexi. Painted and rubbed in ink and brush on paper laid onto silk, the painting has the seal of Li Yuexi at the bottom right corner. Emulating with wide brush strokes and utilizing a joint method of rubbing to skillfully differentiate the painting from the actual mausoleum sculpture, the subject of the painting, now at the University of Pennsylvania, the subject is represented in full monumental size with arrows received in...

22. Jade handled Sino-Tibetan Dagger with Buddhist iconography, 19th c.

22. Jade handled Sino-Tibetan Dagger with Buddhist iconography, 19th c.

( ID: cc1271 )

Overall dimensions: 35 cm Blade length: 21 cm Weight: .5lb Price on request A Chinese-made dagger for the Tibetan market, this object is decorated with Buddhist symbols and features a pale green jade handle of cylindrical elliptical form. The jade handle is delicately carved with a lip near the ricasso of the blade, which sits atop the scabbard. The silver scabbard is decorated with the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols gilded to highlight themselves from the lighter silver of the scabbard. The eight symbols include the Right coiled White Conch (sankha) symbolizing the deep a...

24. Siamese Royal Regalia Betel-Nut Knife with Gold Enameled Hilt, 19th C.

24. Siamese Royal Regalia Betel-Nut Knife with Gold Enameled Hilt, 19th C.

( ID: cc1273 )

Overall dimensions: 15.24 cm Blade length: 7.62 cm Weight:.11 lbs Price on request Siamese gold-mounted royal regalia was known throughout the period of the kings and queens of Thailand with the last production of gold royal regalia occurring during the Rattanakosin era in the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910). According to documentary evidence from 1873, golden paraphernalia used as regalia was still being bestowed on members of the royal family and high-ranking officials and was produced for female members of the royal family as late as 1878. The Royal Regalia currently counts 2...

6. Ottoman Officer Sabre, Mamluk blade by Ibrahim al-Malik, 15th c.

6. Ottoman Officer Sabre, Mamluk blade by Ibrahim al-Malik, 15th c.

( ID: mc1255 )

Overall dimensions: 92.75 cm Blade dimensions: 76.2 cm Weight: 2.2 lbs Price on request Ottoman swords with original Mamluk period blades are rarities on the market. The example we are proud to offer is a 19th century Ottoman sabre with a blade made by one of the most well-known Mamluk period smiths, Ibrahim al-Malik. While the signature of the smith and some of the inscriptions have rubbed off from five centuries of use, this example has all of the physical and stylistic attributes of Mamluk era blades and those specifically attributed to Ibrahim al-Malik. Swords by him can be f...

7.  Ottoman Turkish Miquelet Rifle, 18th C.

7. Ottoman Turkish Miquelet Rifle, 18th C.

( ID: mc1256 )

Overall dimensions: 100.33 cm Barrel length: 69.85 cm Bore: .5 inch Weight: 5.75lbs Price on request Ottoman period Turkish guns come in a variety of types reflecting various decorative influences but retaining a basic shape and form that is distinctive to guns from the Ottoman Empire. The example in our catalog reflects this classical form with a level of quality rarely found on these guns and includes a decorative aspect that is highly uncommon to find on guns of the 18th century – namely a silver inlay throughout the flamed Circassian walnut stock. The Ottoman gun, also...

8. Ottoman Turkey Trebizond Sword encrusted with coral and turquoise, circa 19th c.

8. Ottoman Turkey Trebizond Sword encrusted with coral and turquoise, circa 19th c.

( ID: mc1257 )

Overall length: 101.6 cm Blade length: 76.2 cm Weight: 1.2 lbs Price on request A fine representation of one of the most well-known forms of Islamic and Ottoman arms, this coral and turquoise-encrusted sword is called, in Western collectors circles, a kilij, though the term translates in Turkish to denote “sword.” Now kilij is commonly used to refer to a sword with a deeply curved saber blade with a widened false edge, called a yelman. This example, a member of a well-known group of kilij encrusted with coral and turquoise are considered to be in the Trebizond or Trabzon style (E...

9. South Indian Vijayanagara Era Katar  Circa 1600

9. South Indian Vijayanagara Era Katar Circa 1600

( ID: ic1258 )

Overall length: 52 cm Blade length: 36 cm Blade width at the forte: 6 cm Price on request A fine example of an early form of Indian dagger, this classic hooded katar originates in the Vijayanagar Empire, circa 16th c. The word katar and originates in the Tamil speaking lands of south India, where it is known by the Tamil kaţţāri and is also known as a kuttuvāḷ which means "stabbing blade". This was adapted into Sanskrit as kaţāra or kaţārī. Due to the schwa deletion in Indo-Aryan languages, however, the word often came to be rendered as "katar" in modern Hindi and by extension in...

2. Joseon Dynasty Iron and silver decorated helmet, Circa 1600

2. Joseon Dynasty Iron and silver decorated helmet, Circa 1600

( ID: cc1251 )

Diameter: 20.32 cm Height: 20.32 cm Weight: 3.7 lbs Price on request A classic example of a Korean helmet from the period of the Japanese invasions, circa 1592-1600. Similar in form to helmets in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and other institutions with holdings of Korean armor, this example survives in similar condition to many others of its type having had a long life of use. Decorated with silver along the brim and the half hemispherical pennant holder, this helmet would have belonged to an officer, who would have been able to afford the iron protec...

4. Joseon Dynasty Royal Quiver and Bowcase Dong-gae

4. Joseon Dynasty Royal Quiver and Bowcase Dong-gae

( ID: cc1253 )

Bowcase length: 32 cm Bowcase width: 17 cm Bowcase weight: 8.4 oz Quiver length: 18 cm Quiver width: 12 cm Quiver weight: 5.8 oz Price on request Archery in Korea has a long and storied history. Korea has long been considered the land of archers, and children began to be trained in archery as soon as they could hold a bow and pull the bowstring. While most Korean arms are simple and non-ornamental in design, the same applying to Korean bows or gakgung, some of the finest ornamental, quality workmanship can be found on Korean royal sibok (quiver) and gungdae (bowcase),...

5. Joseon Korean Sword, Byeolwundo circa 1800

5. Joseon Korean Sword, Byeolwundo circa 1800

( ID: cc1254 )

Overall length: 73.66 cm Blade length: 53.65 cm Crossguard diamter: 8.9 cm Weight: 1.5 lbs Price on request A rare type of sword called a byeolwundo, this form was government manufactured during the Joseon Dynasty and was used by the Royal Guards in the Joseon Royal Palaces. The Joseon Dynasty built Five Grand Palaces in Seoul – Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung, and Gyeonghuigung – all located in the Jongno and Jung District. These palaces are considered especially important examples of the architecture of the Joseon period. Furthermore, other royal d...