Ivory-Silver Hilt PIHA KAETTA Sri Lanka/Ceylon ca 1800
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1175364
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E & M Perez
|Dating from the late 18th to early 19th century, this fine Singhalese dagger, a Piha Kaetta, is in its original carved hard wood scabbard and has a fine and ornately carved ivory hilt overlaid with engraved silver. The scabbard has a brass rim that continues the lines carved on the wooden section. The blade is of heavy steel, has some rust and pitting, but does not appear to be damaged or shortened. The ivory is delicately carved and has a very dark and rich patina; the silver is tarnished and covers the end of the hilt, creates a collar at the base, two cartouches on each side, and the where the blade continues through the hilt, is also covered with silver. It measures 13" in the scabbard, 11" in total, the blade is 7 7/8" and the hilt is 3 1/3" long and almost 1 1/2" at the widest place at the top. This traditional blade is unique to Sri Lanka, and was created by skilled craftsmen, under the orders of the King, and were given to high ranking officials and warriors, and this example is complete and of high quality.|