A fine example of rare quality, the iron hilt with knucklebow of Delhi form elaborately inlaid with flowering vines in gold with interesting chinoiserie influence which became popular among the Mughals in the latter 17th century. The deeply-curved, single-edged blade of classic form, tapering continuously to the acute tip and forged of superior Kara Taban (brilliant black) Persian wootz damascus steel, with original finish throughout.
At the right forte three gold-inlaid cartouches with inscriptions, the first untranslated, the second reading, Work of Muhhamad Sadry, the third, There is no hero like 'Ali and no sword like Zul-Faqar! Second half of the 17th century. Slight wear to gold.
Overall length 37.5, blade 32.5.