Bikaner lance
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Overall length

74.5 cm

Tip length

41.8 cm

Tip thickness

Base, flats: 16 mm

Base, edges: 21 mm

Socket diameter

Inside 20.5

Outside 26.5

Weight

866 grams

Materials

Iron, steel

Origin

Bikanēr, Rajasthan, North India

Dating

Probably 17th-18th century

Provenance

European antique art market

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Description

A large Rajput lance head from the Bikanēr armory, located in the Thar desert in Northern Rajasthan.
(See article: The Bikaner Armory)

It was the tip of a large and heavy armor-piercing cavalry lance.

The business end is a long spike with a square cross-section. Each of the facets has a fuller at the base. The head is seated on a long socket, largely with an octagonal cross-section. The steel surface shows laminations visible in both socket and head.

Despite being a practical military weapon foremost, some effort was put into it, decorating it with chiseling and engravings. It is in a clean state, with no buildup of patina, like most items from this armory. Probably a combination of good, periodic maintenance and the dry local desert climate.

 

Markings

It bears to markings in the typical style and format used in the Bikanēr armory:

"112"

&

"110"

 

 

Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head
Armor piercing Bikaner lance head

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