A Gold Damascened Steel and Wood Gupti (Sword Cane), India,…

A Gold Damascened Steel and Wood

Gupti (Sword Cane), India, 18th Century

Rajasthan, late 18th Century. The single edged steel blade of convex form, decorated in gold inlay near the forte, to the grip and pommel with floral and vegetal motifs, the forte in the form of a tiger head inlaid with gemstones, the wood scabbard decorated to the top in lacquer with a bird and a deer on a ground of floral designs. 100 cm long.

A gupti is a dagger or sword which can be concealed in a wood case resembling a walking cane or a short staff.