Skip to main content

Inventory

Please take time to view the items in the Inventory.  If there is something in particular you are looking for please get in touch.


Ivory Piha-Kaetta

Place of Origin: Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Date: 17th -18th Century

Overall Length: 410mm (16 Inches)

Reference: 369

Status: Available

Full Description:

This Kandyan knife (or piha-kaetta) shows an exceptional attention to detail in its carving. The solid ivory grip is also a rare feature – such knives are normally secured at the tang by grip scales of ivory or horn. The hilt is carefully carved throughout to depict a flourishing array of cascading scrolls – a motif known as liya-pata – and is secured at its base with a silver tang finial. The grip slopes gently into a faceted silver collar, the bolster formed of further scrolling motifs and a scaled yali enclosed within a bead-bordered section at the base of the blade. Two thin fullers stretch across the greater part of the blade’s length along the back-edge before the blade curves very slightly upwards at the point.

A fluted wooden scabbard with an alluring dark-reddish colour accompanies the dagger and is encased with a locket of sheet silver. In place of a chape, the tip has been carved en suite with the liya-pata patterning applied to the hilt.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list