- Dated: 18th Century
- Place of Origin: South India, probably from the Mysore area
- Measurements: overall length: 11.5 inches (292mm). Blade length: 6.5 inches (165mm)
The daggers as a heavy cast and chased brass hilt in the form of the head a mythological lion – Yali. The Yali is depicted in different forms depending on the workshop or geographical origin. This one has bulging eyes separated by a high crest to the forehead, leading to the back of the head and around the neck.
It has an open gaping mouth with a curling tongue and sharp tiger like teeth. The cheeks have a detailed freckle pattern. The central grips are plain, with a strange “Z” marking on one side. The bolster is nicely decorated on both sides, and the blade held securely. The blade is plain steel, as is typical with these daggers.
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