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Lot 761 - An important kilij with jade hilt - dating: 19th Century - provenance: India, [...]

Estimation : 15 000 € / 18 000 €

Adjugé 54 000 €


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An important kilij with jade hilt
dating: 19th Century
provenance: India
Extraordinary, curved, single-edged blade
In damask, with central fuller next to the back, starting from a chiselled and gilded lily, chiselled and partially gilded 'T'-back, the last part toward the tip with grooves and raisers next to the back, engraved and gilded at the girdle.
Right side finely engraved with arabesques on a grained and gilded ground, with cartouches with inscriptions in Arabic, gilded as well, the opposite part with a cartouche with inscriptions and floral decorations at the base.

Inscriptions recite verses from the Koran, such as 'Bismillah ar-Rahman r Rahim', 'Saif ala Sulfiqar' and 'Ala ali (ra)'. hilt with quillon and langets in gilded silver, finely engraved with floral motifs in bass-relief, with 'S'-quillons pierced at the ends. Jade grip, chiselled with a horse's head at the pommel and decorated with floral motifs in bass-relief at the base. Remains of wooden, leather-covered scabbard, with seams in metallic thread.
All the mounts are missing (maybe taken for their value, because most likely they were in gold). dimensions 98.4 cm.

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