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A FINE SOUTH INDIAN SWORD (PATISSA), 17TH CEN...

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A FINE SOUTH INDIAN SWORD (PATISSA), 17TH CENTURY with broad double-edged blade of wootz steel swelling to a 'Cobra's head' tip, engraved steel hilt formed with a pair of shaped langets extending over almost a third of the blade's length on each side and engraved with foliage between bands of geometric ornament, the portion at the forte widening and down-curved with blade-catching lugs each decorated with a flower and a Yali, border-engraved dish-guard formed of a pair of D-shaped panels arranged in a V-shape and with a pair of notches at the apex (one small hole), up-turned cup-shaped pommel fitted with a smaller cap enclosing rattles, faceted bud-shaped button, integral grip, and some early red pigment (patinated brown throughout) and solid russet grip, 86.0 cm blade Provenance Roy Elvis Catalogue Number C105. See Elgood 2004 pp. 82-83. Another example of this distinctive type was sold in this room, 8th December 2021, lot 51 and another 29th June 2022, lot 138.