An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
Base spine 9 mm
Middle spine 8 mm
5 cm from tip spine 5 mm
Base 32 mm
Middle 30 mm
Widest 33 mm
5 cm from tip 15.5 mm
16 cm from crossguard
Wootz-steel, iron, gold, resin
Punjab, probably Lahore
Dutch antique art market
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One of the most rare and sought-after Indian sword types, the sosun pattah -literally "lily leaf"- is characterized by a graceful forward curving blade. In this case, it is made of fine Persian wootz, highly prized for its bold patterns that stand out in high contrast. The blade has a T-shaped cross-section, the widened spine gives rigidity to the thin blade. The spine is engraved over its full length. At the base of the blade is floral engraving in Persian style.
The hilt is of typical Punjabi form, probably Lahore, with its vase-like grip section, forward inclined quillons, and the knuckle bow that terminates in a lotus bud. The style of the golden damascening, done with rather thin gold wire, is also typical for this region.
Lahore was the seat of the Sikh Empire between 1799–1849. The Sikh presence attracted many sword makers from far and wide to the city, producing arms for the Sikh armies.
It comes in a recent polish by Philip Tom to re-reveal the fine wootz. Comes with a new resting scabbard.
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