Exceptional 19th C. Georgian Kindjal Dagger, chiseled and gilded iron with bulat damascus blade (ID: rd1064)
Exceptional 19th C. Georgian Kindjal Dagger, chiseled and gilded iron with bulat damascus blade
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A beautiful early 19th C. Georgian kindjal dating to circa 1820-1850.
This superior and exceptional kindjal, represents classic Georgian work, and is made of chiseled steel unlike most other Caucasian work found in chiseled silver, inlaid with niello. The hilt is a single piece of walrus ivory or walrus tusk and shows off the characteristic grain of the inner tusk along the sides of the grip and at the pomme. It is mounted with two prominent iron bosses lavishly overlaid with gold. In addition to the unusual medium of gold over iron, the motifs are positively medieval representing the heraldic lion and eagle, signs of the Georgian monarchy and Byzantium. The scabbard mounts with fleuretted tips with motifs are lions and eagles chiseled in gilded iron rather that floral designs overlaid in gold on iron.
The blade is of typical form with deeply chiseled cartouches at the base on either side. On the obverse, the Georgian lion appears once again and on the reverse, there are large flowers with intertwining stems. The central panel of the blade displays the bulat pattern of the blade, of pattern welded iron finely etched and deeply chiseled into the fullers which ends in a chiseled and gilded fleurette. The reverse of the green velvet covered scabbard is bound with a silver braid and ribbons of black silk velvet.
Overall length is 18.5"