Fine Khanjarli Dagger with Wootz Blade
Date: 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, almost all Khanjarlies come with Ivory handle.
This one is a fine early example, probably early 18 C. or earlier, with an 8 inches blade forged from watered (wootz) steel. The lunette shaped pommel and grips are Ivory very finely engraved with floral design. Total length 13 inches. Scabbard with steel mounts and gren velvet cover. Very good condition. Very good deep dark age patina on the ivory . Small repairs at the pommel tip.
For a similar example from stone collection now at the Met # 36.25.1064
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