Place of Origin: Kutch (Gujarat), India
Date: 19th century
Overall: 1140MM (55 INCHES)
A long spear or lance from Kutch, a district of the state of Gujarat in Western India. Carved from bamboo and lacquered black, the spear is fitted with copper mounts which are chased with floral patterns typical of the metalwork produced in Kutch – a well-known producer of works in silver.
The lance unscrews at its half-way point for easy transport; its steel blade contained within an original velvet-covered scabbard which is also mounted with copper fittings.
A similar example is preserved in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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