An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
Ahead of langets 2 mm
At tip 1.5 mm
Base 49 mm
Widest 76.5 mm
5.5 cm from base of blade
14.3 cm from hilt
Steel, brass, hardwood
Moplah people, Malabar Coast
European antique art market
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The Moplah sword originates from the Malabar Coast in South India. It was named after the Muslim communities of the same name, also known as the Moors of Malabar, today more commonly described as Mappila. They are thought to have descended from Arab spice traders that settled in the area as early as the 7th century A.D.
Moplah swords are characterized by having wide, forward curving blades with a concave edge. Some of them are double-edged. Their decoration is typically a blend of Islamic and local South Indian motifs.
This Moplah sword
A nice and unusual example of a rather rare type of sword. It has a rather wide, single edge blade with a concave edge. The blade is held between thick plates of brass on a triangular, square cross-section base. Four plates covering the base are held together by two washers, a third one is missing.
The reddish hardwood grip is adorned with brass sheets and brass inlays of stars and crescent moons.
All the brass plates are finely engraved with meandering, stylized floral motifs.
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Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true…
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.