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Deccan, 18th century
The chillanum dagger is one of the rarest weapons from the Indian arsenal. The same goes for the khanjarli dagger. This piece combines characteristics from both daggers in a seldom seen configuration. A double edge re-curving steel blade (cleaned) with two faint fullers forming one piece with the hilt. The ricasso part is flanked with two elephant’s trunks. The khanjarli pommel of bone is a later replacement with the flower rivets missing and the rivets filed off. This item is worn with age and intensive use but in good condition. A very rare item. 280 grams.
- A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times, by George Cameron Stone, p. 178, fig. 5
- Hindu Arms and Ritual; Arms and Armour from India 1400–1865, by Robert Elgood, p. 179, fig n° 36.25.747, Metropolitan Museum
- Metropolitan Museum, Accession Number 36.25.1038
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