17 C. Chillanum Dagger - India - 14264

Up for sale is this very early and rare form of Indian Dagger, from a class of daggers known as Chillanum . Daggers in this class may take various shapes. This one is probably 17 C., Central or South India, with heavy re-curving blade 10 inches long with a central rib and shallow fullers. A massive ivory handle cut from an hippopotamus tusk with a steel collar. Total length l6 1/2 inches. Very good condition to age. Well patinated blade and fine deep color, shining age patina on the handle. The steel collar is a later addition. Impressive item.