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A gilt battle-axe (bhuj-kutti) with elephant terminal and sheath, North-West India, Sindh, circa 1800
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A gilt battle-axe (bhuj-kutti) with elephant terminal and sheath, North-West India, Sindh, circa 1800
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A gilt battle-axe (bhuj-kutti) with elephant terminal and sheath, North-West India, Sindh, circa 1800
carved steel blade gilt with engraved foliate designs, handle with elephant's head terminal set with colourful stones, gilt-copper handle with engraved design and concealed dagger blade revealed by unscrewing terminal, carved gilt-copper sheath with wood lining, on custom stand
63cm.
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Provenance

Ex-collection The Maharaja of Baroda.
Vincent Laloux, Brussels.

Exhibited

Musée d'Art et Histoire, Geneva, 1988. 
Pavillion des Arts, Paris, 1988.

Literature

Mughal Silver Magnificence, XVI-XIXth Century, Antalga, Brussels, 1987, p.78, no.71.

Catalogue Note

The bhuj-kutti is a form of battle-axe prevalent in Sind and Northern India. They are typically short and heavy, with a single-edged blade and a straight handle about twenty inches long. As in the present example, they are usually decorated with stylised elephant’s heads inset with gemstones at the base of the blade, hence why they are known as bhuj-kutti or ‘elephant-knife’. An almost identical battle-axe is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no.3396). Two other axes of similar form and decoration are in the Wallace Collection, London (OA 1549 and OA 1558).

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