A Rare South Indian Spearhead

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Lot 19*
A Rare South Indian Spearhead
Late 16th/Early 17th Century, Possibly Mysore

Sold for £ 2,750 (US$ 3,698) inc. premium
A Rare South Indian Spearhead
Late 16th/Early 17th Century, Possibly Mysore
Entirely of steel, with broad curved double-edged blade of hollow diamond section, the forte on each side deeply cut with an arrow-shaped motif issuing from foliage between a pair of affronté makara, the latter chiselled in relief, on tapering tubular socket with four prominent circular mouldings between borders of chiselled foliage, the disc-shaped basal mount chased as a flower-head (some rust patination and areas of pitting)
49 cm.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    Pinchot, p.12, fig.1-8

    A number of similar examples survive and appear to be related to the group of ankuśa probably produced in Mysore, the finest of which is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. See Elgood, 2004, pp.21-24, figs.2.1-7 and p.194, fig.19.13, centre

    Further examples of this type are in the collection of H.M. The Queen at Sandringham House, Norfolk, and which were presented to the Prince Of Wales by The Princess of Tanjore during his visit to Indian in 1875-6. See Clark, 1898, figs.46, 47, 103, 104, 155, 156, 236 and 237. Cf. another example sold in these Rooms, The Jacques Desenfans Collection, 10 April 2008, lot 284 (£5,558 including premium)
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