A North Indian Sosun Pattah
The Sosun Pattah, a type only found in India is also known a ‘Lilly Leaf’ sword due to the elegant shape of the blade. This example is from Islamic origin, Lahore and features the Indo-Islamic hilt. The construction, weight and shape of the blade makes it perfectly suitable for slashing and chopping. A type which was well praised among the Jaipur court and considered of significant importance.
North India, (Probably Lahore) circa 1800
Materials: Iron, Steel, Gold
The ‘Sosun Pattah’ blade form is believed to be influenced by the ancient ‘Kopis’ blades from Egypt and the Turkish ‘Yataghan’ and was most popular among the Jaipur and Rajput. This example is in Islamic style, slender formed and rather thin blade with a typical curve. Due to its decoration it is most likely from the Lahore region, Northern India.
Made of iron, in Muslim style. A characteristic ‘talwar’ hilt type with knuckle guard and two flaring quillons. The ‘Hakim khahi‘ hilt is often seen on this kind of sword. The pommel is straight, which accommodates a firm grip. The disc shaped pommel has a small dome with fine geometrical decoration of gold floral patterns.
The curved knucklebow depicts a ‘Makara’ head running out to the end. The blackened hilt with koftgari pattern is of an interesting floral design covering the entire hilt.
A fine curved blade with a cartouche filled with chiseled floral motif on the forte. The flat T-shaped spine runs down to the tip section and is engraved with a foliage pattern.
The blade consists of fine grained and consistent wootz pattern. The sharpened cutting edge begins near the forte.
Condition: Good condition, minor ware on the koftgari, some old traces of rust. The blades cutting edge has traces of use, but is in good condition with a fine high contrast pattern emerging after a polish and recent etching. Minimal pitting on the blade. A highly sought after sword in generally fine condition.
Blade spine thickness: 9mm
Total length: 85.7cm
-D.Reddy’s Arms & Armour of India, Nepal & Sri Lanka p.106 , p.358-359
– Victoria & Albert Museum London with comparable blade acc.nr.IS.228&A-1964
– Royal Collection Trust acc.nr.RCIN 38201
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