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.
Indian (tiger tooth) jambiya / khanjar, 18th to 19th century, wootz steel blade, ivory, H. 13 ¼ in. (33.7 cm); H. of blade 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm); Wt. 10.5 oz. (297.7 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.
17th/18th centuryThe 12 inch recurved blade of wootz steel with multiple fullers and point of diamond section, the base chiseled with central palmette, the sides with pierced scrollwork. Hilt with faceted V-shaped guard and short grip with central knopf and large two-piece elephant ivory lunette pommel.