Place of Origin: Deccan Plateau, India
Date: 16th-17th Century
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An early and characteristic Indian dagger from the Deccan plateau that is an adaption of the classical ‘Chillanum’.
A double-edged recurved tapering steel blade with multi fullers running the entire length, a pierced section above, and the hilt of waisted form splayed below to meet the shaped collar with Persian inspired down turned quillions The grip with a central spiralling ball and a winged pommel with a top bulbous finial. A slender finger-guard with lotus bud terminal.
Four similar daggers are in the Junagarh Fort Museum, Bikaneer. Said to have been captured at Adoni in 1689. See Elgood, 2004, page 178 (No.16.33-16.34).