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An Indian sword
extremely rare type
16th century or earlier
Southern India

An Indian sword extremely rare type 16th century or earlier Southern India Madras Kerala Malabar www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A release from my personal collections.

A very fine and rare South Indian ritual sword, 16th century or earlier.

This finely crafted temple sword measures a demure 61cms long overall.
The hilt is manufactured from a variety of sand cast bronze and steel fittings with the guard and long central langets being exceptionally well cast and decorated with Chakra and vine motifs.
The blade is a thin and very finely crafted forward curving type of forged construction. Although by design, the blade would not be considered combat quality and doesn't carry a true edge as such, it is strong enough to inflict injury to an unarmoured opponent with slashing or thrusting cuts.
To one side only there are very subtle fullers and a slight beveled cutting edge. To the other side there seems to be no similar features.
A surprisingly well balanced sword with a POB at the exact point where the guard meets the blade.

For references and further detail, see Robert Elgood, "Hindu Arms and Ritual", in particular, pages 76-86.

Philip S. Rawson, "The Indian Sword", page 69 for comparative sizes and ages of relevant blade profiles. An earlier blade profile akin to this sword is noted as 12th century, Ellora.

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