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Bidri Mughal Dagger; Silver inlay late 18th early 19th century.

SKU: Bidri Mughal Dagger $395.00
Antique late 18th - early 19th century Indian Bidri Mughal Dagger. A solid steel hilt with a round pommel damascened in silver with scrolling geometric tendrils issuing from and along a central rosette. Inlayed design is continued on highly decorated steel scabbard with hand forged twin lanyard rings. An extremely sharp single-edged curved ridged steel blade with silver inlay design at tang. In very good condition with minor wear. Overall length: 11.5 Blade length: 6 3/4 Bidri is a metal handicraft that originated in Bidar Karnataka in the 14th century C.E. during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans. The term 'Bidri originates from the township of Bidar which is still the chief centre for the manufacture of the unique metalware. Due to its striking inlay artwork Bidri is an important export handicraft of India and is prized as a symbol of wealth. The metal used is a blackened alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver. Origins: The origin of Bidri is usually attributed to the Bahamani sultans who ruled Bidar in the 13th 15th centuries. Abdullah bin Kaiser a craftsman from Iran was invited by the Sultan to work on decorating the royal palaces and courts. According to some accounts Kaiser joined hands with local craftsmen and gave birth to Bidri. Since then the craft has been handed down succeeding generations mostly among the local Muslim and Lingayat sects.