A gold koftgari steel ritual sword (tegha) Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, 18th Century

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Lot 179
A gold koftgari steel ritual sword (tegha)
Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, 18th Century

£ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 7,900 - 11,000
A gold koftgari steel ritual sword (tegha)
Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, 18th Century
the single-edged broad curved blade with six fullers, the hilt with disc-shaped pommel with domed section and pointed finial, the quillions waisted, the blade carved on each side with depictions of figures and animals surrounding a cypress tree to the hilt, a depiction of Airavata to the tip, decorated with gold overlay, the hilt profusely decorated with floral interlace, the edges with chevron design, the pommel with a sun motif below the finial
89.3 cm. long

Footnotes

  • For a closely related example with a similar depiction of Airavata on the blade see Oppi Untracht, Metal Marvels: South Asian Handworks, Porvoo: Porvoo Museum, 1993, no 96. For another similar tegha see ibid., no.94.
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