DAGGER CHILANUM INDIAN WOOTZ STEEL
[S & D8]
A superb quality Indian Deccani Steel dagger Chilanum. cica A.D.1600 The hilt and the blade are
hand forged in one piece. The curved double-edged blade with a median ridge and thickened point for mail piercing is hand
forged from extremely fine Damascus steel Wootz with a clearly visible remarkable watered pattern. The hilt of characteristic
form is sophisticatedly designed with quillons terminating in dragon heads among the knob pommel. The knuckle bow is enclosed
by a peacock head in relief. Similar dragons’ heads can be found on such art objects as jade and metal jugs from the
Timurids Dynasty, ancestors of the Mughals, many elements were adopted from Timurid Art. The silver scabbard of the dagger
is finely chiseled with the tree of life, a characteristic motif of the Mughal carpets and embroidery during the 16th and
17th century. This is the best quality Chilanum which I have ever seen including reference books, museums, and private collections.
This particular dagger had been crafted for a very important person of the Mughal aristocracy during the late 16th and early
17th century. The Chilanum is in good condition except for some small dents to the silver scabbard. The sash is extremely
rare and a quality object of Mughal Indian art and quite impossible to find. This is an opportunity of a life time for serious
collectors or Museums. Total length with the scabbard is : 14 ¼ inches (36.3cm) The total length without scabbard is 14inches
(35 ½ cm) Width of the blade near the hilt is 2 1/8 inches (5.4cm). Lenght of the blade approximately : 9 3/4inches (25cm).