18th Century Khanjarli Dagger

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1,895$ Exl. VAT

Origin: India

Date: Late 18 C.


The Khanjarli, one of the nicest and sought after dagger in the Indian weaponry. It is characterized by its strongly re-curving blade and wide lunette shaped pommel. The Khanjarli is probably a development from the earlier Chilanum. Egerton in his book Oriental arms and armor suggest that they are originated from Vizianagram in south east India, while Elgood in his book Hindu Arms and rituals suggest it is originally from Orissa because of its massive ivory industry the time. There are few versions to Khanjarli, some appears with a D guard and some without. The Khanjarlie come with Bone, wood , horn or Ivory handle.

The Khanjarli offered here is late 18 C. with 9 inches re-curved fullered blade, steel guard and D guard. I lunette shaped pommel and grips. Leather covere wood scabbard and pierced brass chape. Total length 15 inches. Very good condition. Signs of old repair on the scabbard.

For a similar example from stone collection now at the Met # 36.25.1063



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