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Catalogue - Splendor of the Orient

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...

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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 Ankus Elephant Goad Axe, circa 18th C.

17. Important South Indian Mysore Palace Ankus Elephant 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...

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...