|Kandy, Sri Lanka; 18th century|
This is a particularly fine example of an eighteenth century piha-kaetta. The hilt is of horn finely carved and detailed with a liya-pata pattern. The end is encased in a broad rounding of gold that has been chased with typically Ceylonese scrolling foliage and fruit motifs, and surmounted by a spherical tang finial.The hilt is further embellished with fine scrolling leaf motif plaques.
The blade is straight with a single edge. The upper section is encased in thick silver that has been extravagantly chased with luxuriant swirling foliage motifs. This silverwork is particularly fine and precise among other piha-kaetta knives that we have seen.
The scabbard is of two halves of grooved, light wood, the upper part of which has been encased in a band of thin, silver sheet.
|This piha-kaetta is in excellent condition. There are no losses and no repairs. It has a superb patina and overall, is a very fine example.|
References: Caravana, J. et al, Rites of Power: Oriental Weapons: Collection of Jorge Caravana, Caleidoscopio, 2010.
|Provenance: UK art market|
|Price:||Item has been sold.|
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