A Massive Gold Damascened Indian Tegha, 19th Century
Broad, curved 32 inch watered steel blade; upper section molded with four broad fullers separated with narrow, fluted ribs overlaid with gold lines extending from a gold damascened band of palmettes below to a lappet shaped panel above; lower half of blade molded with architectural panels inhabited by confronted pairs of tigers and elephants. the uppermost with the brass figure of a musician flanked by female forms. Steel tulwar hilt chiseled and gold overlaid with floral panels. Scabbard covered in black water buffalo hide, the front molded with floral panels and fitted with a scabbard containing a side knife with 7 ¾ inch blade of watered steel, the gripscales of hippopotamus incisor. Together with a copy of a vintage photograph showing a “native state executioner”, from the Delhi Darbar for the coronation of Edward VII, wearing ceremonial armor holding a similar tegha.
Note: Illustrated on page 67 Arms of the Paladins, The Richard R. Wagner Jr. Collection of Fine Eastern Weapons by Oliver S. Pinchot.