Place of Origin: Deccan Plateau, India
Date: 17th Century
Overall Length: 360mm
Blade Length: 230mm
An unusual and very attractive Indian 'Khanjar' dagger from 17th Century Deccan.
The highly polished and colourful chalcedony grip has a large silver pommel cap with a pierced border and spiralling turban pommel finial. The base of the grip has a silver band of stylised flowers and a eye shaped crosspiece terminating in a pair of bud-shaped terminals, beneath this is a further crosspiece with drooping parrot-head finials. The finely watered steel blade of Indian crystalline wootz is recurved with a raised central V shaped spine.
Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour, R.Hales, 2014, No.114, Page 56.