A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
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A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
With straight blade and two opposing Yali chiseled out of the forte of the blade.
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
The handle covered with gold damascening.
It has a solid pale green jade hilt that is fitted to a silver collar-piece.
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ru
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
With the relatively rare feature of a raised backedge.
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
The slender blade is made of flawless wootz steel in boldly contrasting shades of silver and dark grey.
Sets with a knife and chopsticks -and sometimes some other utensils- were co
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
With all silver construction, including the blade.
A fine, early example with silver-plated details.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
In emerald green scabbard and with fan case.
The blade features a sunken panel with very finely chiseled "tree of life" motiff of small leaves.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Probably from the late Kandyan period.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
With a good quality wootz blade.
A rare, early south Indian dagger with Bikaner armory markings
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
With carved hardwood grips. Complete with pigskin scabbard.