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An extremely rare sword
18th cent. Hindu Basket hilt
Khanda Sosun Pattah
Fine Wootz blade
Maratha, Central India

An extremely rare sword 18th century Hindu Basket hilt antique Khanda Sosun Pattah fine wootz blade Shamshir Tulwar Maratha, Central India www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


An exceptionally rare Maratha sword. An 18th century Khanda hilted Sosun Pattah with a very fine wootz blade.

A sword type is rarely seen in either museums or private collections.

The overall length of this Sosun Pattah is 97.5cms long. It's blade length is 77cms long measured in a straight line across the spine to the tip.

The early Hindu basket hilt quillons on this sword displays some very rare architectural design elements within the metal work, features that I've not seen elsewhere on Khanda basket hilts.
The quillon lobes have been formed in to three pillars that support a six petal flower, the same petal arrangement that can be seen within the gold Koftgari on the forte. What are distinct about the pillars is the outer one shows two raised eyes at the base. Given the position of the "eyes" and the manner of the Koftgari extending along this pillar, the form looks very much like the Indian Gharial.
With the presence of these Gharial forms, what may be representations of lotus flowers, the gold elephant within wavy water like lines to one side of the quillon block and the temple within the wavy water like lines of the reverse side, a temple between pillars that resembles Vishnu's temple, it is very plausible that the iconography present on this sword is that of Gajendra and the Crocodile.
Equally plausible is the Gharial like forms are Gajendra with his trunk raised with a lotus flower being offered to Vishnu, a symbol of devotion, this may further lead to the presence of a heart shaped cutout in the supporting metalwork.

Both the hilt and blade forte and spine reinforcements retain a large amount of original gold Koftgari which is quite amazing given the age of this sword with losses more apparent on the long curved pommel spike and inner face of the pommels disc guard.
The gold grip binding and red knuckle padding, although showing some wear, they are later modern additions that historically correct inline with known examples.

The blade is of a beautiful form that is supported very well through the forte and spine. To the end of the spine bracing is seen a small avian like motif, one that's seen on Persian flint strikers and other artifacts from the 17th to 19th century.
The blades surfaces display a clear early Indian Wootz construction throughout with the highly polished cutting edge and sharpened back edge also showing clear Wootz patterns within the polished surfaces.

An exceptionally rare sword in outstanding condition for its age. A Sosun PAttah that displays very rare features and iconography and in desirable gold embellishments.

A stunning and practical work of art which is in my opinion superior the the example from the Victoria and Albert Museum which Rawson presented in his classic work on the Indian sword.

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