Chillanum Dagger Dated: circa 1776-1825 Culture: South Indian Medium: Steel, brass Measurements: Full length: 50 cm; Blade length: 30 cm More on the Chillanum Dagger - Here This piece displays a steel blade, single edged counter curved, with a double counter edge, with a reinforced tip and ribbed at the centre. Near the back, it is decorated with a frame of engraved geometrical motifs.
BICHAWA DAGGER ca 1676-1725 India,Maratha steel,brass
~ 16th century jeweled vintage dagger from India~Portraits of Sultan 'Ali 'Adil Shah of Bijapur (r. 1558–80) show him wearing daggers with zoomorphic hilts similar to this one. In this superlative, ruby-studded hilt, a dragon, whose tail wraps around the grip, attacks a lion, which in turn attacks a deer, symbolism associated with the deity Garuda. Before the deer is a parrotlike bird with a snake in its beak. Lower down on the hilt is the head of a yali, a mythical lionlike animal, with flor...