A Mughal wootz Pesh-Kabz with koftgari
The Pesh-Kabz originates from Indo Persia and was designed to pierce trough chainmail. The typical blade, is a single edged straight tang blade with a thick flat spine. The handle is decorated with ivory slabs. These daggers were popular in Northern India and Afghanistan. This example is in Mughal style with koftgari gold inlay all over the handle. The spine is decorated with a floral motive on the spine leaping out to a needle like point. The tang is attached to the handle with screw-off pommel.
Wootz steel was common for higher quality blades in Persia and Asia. It was made steel carbon manufactured in small clay crubicles to harden the blade. Besides that it gives a beautifull contrastual sight.
This example dates from the late 18th to early 19th century.
Condition: Excellent, the blade is in very good condition, the handle has some small cracks due to it’s age. The koftgari work is for 99% intact.
Also seen in Arms & Armour of India, Nepal & Sri Lanka by Ravinder Reddy (page 338).
This object contains ivory made before 1947 and is not contrary to CITES law.
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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