Sword and sheath

17th century (made)

Unknown

Length: 103 cm [Sword] Length: 41 in overall, Length: 33 in blade, Width: 4.75 in

IS.212toB-1964 SSEA

Sword and sheath khanda the steel hilt overlaid with gold, the knuckle-guard lined with padded cotton; the blade watered steel with gold overlaid steel mounts; the scabbard covered with brocaded silk., Maratha or Deccan, 17th century.

The steel hilt overlaid with gold, the knuckle-guard lined with padded cotton; the blade watered steel with gold overlaid steel mounts; the scabbard covered with brocaded silk. [Sword sheath] The sheath is of red brocade with a pattern of dark blue and gold flowers; near the hilt is a band of green velvet. [Sword] Sword khanda. The hilt is of steel with a guard roughly duofoil in shape with a knuckle guard which extends back to join the pommel. A pommel horn extends from the latter while from the front of the guard a seating process extends forward and joins a blade reinforcement. The whole hilt and blade reinforcement are decorated with a floral design in gold koftgari. The blade, which is of finely watered steel, widens gradually towards the tip and ends in a blunt point. The inside of the hilt is padded with green velvet stitched with red thread; the grip is covered with red cloth and bound with blue and white tape.

This sword was made in the Deccan, India, in the 17th century. Its hilt is of steel overlaid with gold, and the typical form of the knuckle-guard is lined with padded cotton. The blade is made of the fine watered steel for which the Deccan was renowned, and has some gold overlaid decoration. The scabbard is covered with brocaded silk.

Given by the Rt. Hon. the Earl Kitchener of Khartoum. As originally arranged and displayed in Exhibition Road Indian Museum galleries until 1955, with some additions while in storage, case F.704

Given by Lord Kitchener

Location: South Asia, room 41, case 22

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