Very Rare and Early 18C. Bronze Handle for a Zafar Takieh Princely Sword - 9785

The Zafar Takieh (literally ‘the cushion of victory’) is a type of ceremonial sword used by Indian kings and princes as part of their formal dress when accepting formal audience or respected guests. The prince would seat in his cushion thrown with his hand rest on the hilt of the sword specially designed for it. Up for sale here is a very early bronze handle for such a sword. Late 17 to early 18 C. from the Deccan (Central South India). The handle tips are shaped like the heads of a mythological monster with open mouth. Length 6 1/2 inches. Very good condition. A very rare item.