A fine and rare Indian khanda

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Lot 1043
A fine and rare Indian khanda
late 17th or early 18th century

Sold for US$ 19,890 inc. premium
A fine and rare Indian khanda
late 17th or early 18th century
Broad 31 inch double edged wootz steel blade swelling towards the tip and showing a rare rosette pattern. Lower section of blade with pierced and gilt reinforcing panels, one side extending towards the point. Hilt of familiar form with wide bilobate guard, knucklebow and dished pommel with long 'stem', the whole heavily overlaid in gold with scrolling florals within narrow borders. Grip wrapped in brown leather and retaining portions of the silk and metallic thread binding. With what appears to be the original wooden scabbard covered in red silk brocade, the two halves now separated.
Condition: Blade with vivid watered pattern overall with some areas of wear and showing some small areas of staining/light pitting. Hilt with some small areas of loss to gilt decoration. Scabbard with losses to silk covering.
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A fine and rare Indian khanda
A fine and rare Indian khanda
A fine and rare Indian khanda
A fine and rare Indian khanda
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