A Rare South Indian Sword
Lot 25
A Rare South Indian Sword
16th/17th Century
Sold for £1,250 (US$ 2,103) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Rare South Indian Sword
16th/17th Century
With sharp tapering double-edged blade of flattened diamond section, iron hilt with pointed projection over each side of the forte and secured by a transverse rivet, upcurved guard of ovoidal form, globular pommel on a scrolled mount, and ribbed grip of circular section with central moulding (surface rust and light pitting overall)
76 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Similar swords are in the British Museum (inv. nos. 293376 and 096145) and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no. 36.25.1324). See Robert Elgood, Hindu Arms And Ritual ..., 2004, p. 89, pls. 8.35-36

    Cf. a further very similar example formerly in the Anthony North Collection, Thomas Del Mar In association with Sotheby's, Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria, 30 June 2010, lot 87 (£3,120 including premium); and Robert Hales, Islamic And Oriental Arms And Armour, 2013, p. 190, no. 454
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