Steel and mother-of-pearl
India, Gujarat, 17th century
Height 30,6 cm
The handle of this beautiful Pesh-Kabz is in steel plated with mother-of-pearl, and presents a straight steel blade with a single cutting edge and one groove on each side. The added on wood sheath is covered with a red fabric with floral patterns and gold yarns embroidery.
For a similar mother-of-pearl handle on a 17th century Indian dagger, see: Exhibition Catalogue, Musée d’Aquitaine & Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Bordeaux (From the 11th of December 1998 to the 14th of Marche 1999) La Route des Indes, Paris: Somogy, p. 106, N°33.