A fine Pia Kaetta from Sri Lanka, 18th century.
At 28cms long sheathed, 25cms out and a blade length of 19cms including the decorative bolster, this example remains in very good condition.
The hilt appears to be turtle shell over horn grip slabs that are fixed to the full tang.
The brass alloy bolster is expertly shaped and chiseled. Coming from under the bolster, blade has several deeply embossed panels to the spine and faces. The panel seen within the fullers found on each side appears to be a low content gold panel.
The blade shows a small loss to the cutting edge and light pitting as to be expected with age.
Present on this knife is the original brass bound timber sheath. At the mouth of the sheath is a second small opening for a stylus, not present.
A good complete and well decorated native Sri Lankan knife.