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Magnificent 19th C. Hindu Indian Sosson Pattah Khanda

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Truly one of the finest examples of Indian metal carving available on the market. This massive 19th C. Indian sword that is completely carved with images of Hindu goddesses and with the names of the goddesses carved and overlaid with gold at the base of the blade. The handle is particularly finely made and is a large Hindu basket hilt. The sword also has it's original scabbard which is very difficult to find. The translation are below: The first 8 have numerals against them. Not all are the names of goddesses; and not all of the "Nav Durgas" are listed. The names and meanings are given below. 1. Ambaji (goddess)-- The form of goddess which is said to look after the well being of the universe 2. Indrayani (Goddess; part of the nav Durgas)-- Consort of lord Indra; the king of gods 3. Kumar (God)-- Commander of the army of gods 4. Brahmani (Goddess; part of nav Durgas)-- Consort of lord Brahma; the creator of universe 5. Mahalakshmi (Goddess)-- Consort of lord Vishnu and the bestower of wealth 6. Varahi (Goddess; part of nav Durgas)-- Consort of Lord Vishnu in the Boar incarnation 7. Not Clear 8. Kumari (Goddess; part of nav Durgas)-- Consort of Kumar; the commander of the army of gods Overall length is 43", blade is 34" Bhairav (God) -- An incarnation of Lord Shiva in his fierce form; also is one of the guardian deities
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