Indian Sword, 16th Century
This sword resembles a European rapier, but the style can actually be attested in Indian art as early as the 500s, where it figures as a typical weapon for rulers and nobles. Such early Hindu styles survived longest in southern India, far from the Islamic invasions that reshaped north Indian culture.
Double edged pointed blade with raised medial rib on both faces. Reinforced on both faces with elongated diamond-shaped plate riveted to central rib. Iron hilt. Wide, flaring crossguard, now bent in sections, grip swollen at mid-height. Pommel in shape of flattened Morion-cabasset helmet. Reinforced point.
Date & origin from Stone’s, per RRW; see 594 #4. See Rawson pl. 14-16 for other temple swords; see also 32 ff. and pl. 18-20. The term “Temple sword” is apparently inappropriate per Oliver Pinchot. See examples in Elgood 2004: 87 ff.; discussed 74. Cf. a similar example in Delmar Auction Cat. Dec 08 #31.