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Gorgeous 17th C. Deccan South Indian Rock Crystal Dagger with thick armor piercing wootz blade

( ID: ia1116 )

An early and powerful South Indian Deccani khanjar. This is a rare example of south Indian form which can be seen by the recurving and multi-fullered armor piercing blade with traces of Vijayanagar style in the fullering (i.e. multi-fullered south Indian katars).  The pistol grip rock crystal grip is in exceptional condition with no chips or losses and of crystal with almost no inclusions, except for several tell-tale lines.  The blade is of exceptional form, thick and re-curved with a square sectioned armor piercing tip.

The blade displays a fine wootz pattern which can be seen throughout and is multi-fullered.  The scabbard fits perfectly but is likely 19th C.

Overall length is 14". Blade is 9".

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