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Talwar hilt logo

Silver overlaid talwar hilt

Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
Very fine Khond axe logo

A remarkable Khond axe

The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
kirichchiya logo

A Sinhalese kirichchiya

A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Sinhalese coral hilted knife

Sinhalese coral hilted knife

Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
South Indian spearhead logo

South Indian spearhead

From Tamil Nadu. With clean lines and precise geometry.
South Indian tungi axe logo

South Indian tungi axe

A relatively rare variety of an Indian war axe, called tungi.
Tribal Art Fair logo

Tribal Art Fair spring 2021

This year I will participate in the online Tribal Art fair, along with 30 dealers from around the world showing their latest offerings in this genre.
South Indian spear butt logo

South Indian spear butt

Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
Northern katar with southern design logo

A northern katar in southern style

Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
17th century chiseled iron katar logo

South Indian chiseled iron katar

A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
Firangi logo

Firaṅgī (फिरंगी)

Literally "foreigner", Hindi term for a European sword mounted in Indian hilt.
Hindu basket hilt

Hindu basket hilt

A type of Indian closed hilt design.
Asian arms in old European paintings logo

Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Fine piha-kaetta with velvet scabbard

Fine piha kaetta with velvet scabbard

A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
Very good Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A very good ul-pihiya

A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Sinhalese piha-kaetta logo

A fine, heavy piha kaetta

Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
Kirichchiya

Kirichchiya (කිරිච්චය)

Sinhalese word for a type of dagger.
Sinhalese dagger logo

Sinhalese kirichchiya

With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Sinhalese pihiya logo

An early "piha-kaetta"

Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
Stone hilted pesh-kabz logo

Stone-hilted pesh-kabz

A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Pesh-kabz logo

Pesh-kabz (پیش قبض)

Widely used Persian word for a type of dagger.
Sadeli work

Khātam

Persian word for a type of marquetry work.
Ankus head logo

A parakeet shaped ankus head

Made with a separate parakeet-shaped hook, attached to long tanged spearhead.
South Indian ankus head

A south Indian ankus head

South India, made of chiseled iron with bird-bodied yali creatures.
North Indian zulfiqar sword logo

Unusual Indian zulfiqar sword

With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Indian dagger

A fine north Indian dagger

Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Burmese hilted wakizashi in Indian scabbard logo

Wakizashi in Burmese hilt

An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Indian shield logo

An unusual ḍhāl

A translucent hide shield with gilt brass ornaments. Probably Nepalese of for a Nepalese client.
Dhal shield logo

Ḍhāl (ढाल)

Hindi word for shield.
Dastana logo

Dastānā (दस्ताने)

Hindi word for a type of arm protection.
Bazuband logo

Bāzuband (بازوبند)

Persian word for a piece of lower arm protection.
Dastana logo

A Punjabi arm guard

Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
North Indian katar with true inlay hilt

A katar with true inlay decoration

Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Fine wootz talwar

Wootz talwar with pierced scabbard

With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
Shikārgar

Shikārgar

Word used for an Indian sword with hunting scenes.
Talwar with Mamluk style blade decor

Talwar with Mamluk style blade

In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
Kirc logo

Kirć (किर्च) / kirić (किरिच)

Hindi name for a type of slightly curved sword with concave edged.
Chiseled kirach from Lahore

A kirach with hunting scenes

Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
Solingen pata logo

Indian pata with Solingen blade

With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
Bagh nakh logo

Bagh nakh (बाघ नख)

Hindi word for "tiger claw", a clawed weapon held in the palm of the hand.
Indian arrows

Various Indian arrows

An assortment of Indian arrows with various heads.
Oomersee logo

Oomersee Mawjee

Famous maker of metalwork from Bhuj, Kutch.
Kutch Jambiya logo

A gilt Indian jambiya

With gilt-copper hilt and scabbard done in beautiful Kutch style repousse work.
Wootz shamshir with talwar hilt logo

Talwar hilted shamshir

With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Mala logo

Mala (माला)

Hindi for the lap welds seen on swords.
Wootz shamshir lahore hilt

Lahore talwar hilted shamshir

Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
Serapendiya logo

Sérapéṅdiya

Sinhalese term for a mythical bird.
Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
Sinhalese ul-pihiya

Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.