indian dagger

An Indian Sickle Dagger, Bank

Sharply curved 4 ½ inch blade of finely watered steel, the base with gold koftgari floral panel. Bolster and spine of grip with gold koftgari decoration, the bird’s head pommel with suspension loop; elephant ivory gripscales. Wootz steel scabbard fitted with suspension ring and decorated in silver and gold overlay with floral borders and with a floral panel and Devanagari inscription below the throat.

  • Is this a dagger which I see before me,
  • The handle toward my hand?
  • Come, let me clutch thee.                           
  • I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.                           
  • Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible                           
  • To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but                           
  • A dagger of the mind, a false creation…
  • And take the present horror from the time,                           
  • Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives.                           
  • Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.
  • I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.                          
  •  Hear it not, [Baahubali], for it is a knell                           
  • That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
  • (Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 1)

Rana and Nassar in Baahubali 2 (Telugu, 2017)

Indian haladie (double bladed dagger) from the Rajput warriors of India. All steel forged construction, including the handle, with two double edged blades and a knuckle guard. 19th century or earlier.