A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.
With a curved hollow ground blade with a narrow dorsal groove and false backedge.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
An interesting Tibetan shortsword with acute point.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
The dpa'dam of Tibet is a long, single edged swor
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
The talwar or talvār (Hindi) is
Referring to the wavy patterns on the midsection of the silver scabbard.
Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
With ce rong or "open ravines" pattern of zig-zag lines in the steel.
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
Of the Malabar coast, South India.
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
This one is for the connoisseur of blades.
A fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.
The khanda represents one of the oldest forms of Indian sword
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
A serious weapon with a very good blade and heavy plating.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.