From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel, 18th C. Wootz Pesh Kabz Dagger with mother pearl grips (ID: id584)
From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel, 18th C. Wootz Pesh Kabz Dagger with mother pearl grips
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PESH KABZ (Ex-Figiel Collection)
18th C, North India
From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel (firm provenance provided).
Blade: This example has a fine watered steel single-edged blade that has the classical backward curve, with a robust T-spine extending halfway that terminates in unique a decorative element, and a thickened (armor-piercing) tip.
Hilt: The hilt is classically shaped, with beak-shaped pommel, and a hinged pommel-tag. The grip scales are mother of pearl, common in work from Gujarat, which may narrow this piece to a Northwestern Indian locale.
The spine and grip bolsters are decorated in understated gold koftgari (characteristic of earlier work), and an Arabic inscription on the spine.
Scabbard: original scabbard mounted with pierced gilt brass mounts; the locket is painted with an old collection number (A 416) that has been observed on other items in the Figiel collection. The throat (locket) has polygonal button with a hinged suspension loop that has very finely crafted openwork.
Dimensions: Blade: 8.25” OAL: 13.25”
Condition: Minor discoloration to the mother of pearl. Very minor wear to the koftgari.
Literature: While examples of fine pesh kabz are widely published, no published examples exist of mother of pearl handles.
Item on Consignment