A very fine and rare pair of late 19th century Central Asian Pichoq, Bukhara.
The small an important knives are of a style rarely seen being two knives joined to appear as one. Similar method of twin knives is also rarely seen in Caucasian and West Indian weaponry and perhaps known to other regions too.
The knives are mirror images of each other and as seen by the images, connected behind the hilts and released in a sliding manner.
In the leather sheath they are 30cms long. Out of the sheath they are 25cms long with blade 14.5cms long.
The decorative nature of the bolsters and the overall profile are indicative of Bukharan Manufacture. The script however does not appear to be native to the region and is perhaps Armenian influenced. As the method of marriage is known in Georgian Kindjhal seen in the Hermitage Museum and that Armenian or Georgian cutlers were known of in Bukhara is is very possible to be of their hands.
The blades tangs and grips are very finely decorated to all surfaces but the outer edge of the pommel.
The blades are a finely pattern welded type with fine clear longitudinal laminations on the blade faces.
A very fine, rare and important piece of Central Asian heritage. Dated to the 1870s, script not fully translated.
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