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Pia Kaetta
Piha Kahetta
Large heavy ivory example
tradition knife of Sri-Lanka
18th century with sheath

Pia Kaetta Piha Kahetta Large heavy ivory example tradition knife of Sri-Lanka 18th century with sheath www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A nice large and heavy ivory hilted Pia Kaetta.

This large example measures 34cms long in the sheath, 30cms out with a blade 20cms long and 5cms tall.
The expertly carved ivory hilt shows a beautiful warm mellow age patina and is free from loss or damage. It is unfortunate but common with age that the silver embellishments once present on the ivory are now lost with the exception of a single rosette.
The blade is very well forged with chiseled wave like motifs seen at the integeral bolster and at the blade's edge near the hilt. The full tang is shaped with the ivory grip slabs also shaped to follow the contours of the tang. Decorative inlayed brass panels are seen at the bolster and also along the top and bottom of the tang.
The sheath is the original timbers with loss to the top as seen in the images. There are leather fittings to the throat and chape. The leather throat fitting covers the orignal cracked silver decoration. The chape fitting can not be removed so it is hard to tell is any original silverwork remains under it.

A large well made 18th century knife native to Sri-Lanka (Ceylon).