Jade Hilt Pesh Kabz
Date: Early 20th Century
Materials: Jade and Watered Steel
A Jade Hilted Pesh Kabz with a very fine watered steel blade.
A JADE HILT
The hilt is composed of a larger than usual jade hilt, in the form of a horse head. The hilt is finely detailed with fine execution on the small details. As the hair is finely tuned and carved into the jade, along with the detailed facial features, it shows the artisans fine execution, mastery and skill. All in all providing a very regal and unique look to the hilt. As this is a large jade hilt, its it would have been specifically made for the owner. The Jade smooth, soft and is in its traditional green colour which is bright and stunning, providing an array of visual beauty under different lighting (see images).
THE WATERED STEEL BLADE
The blade is naturally curved and traditional to the Pesh Kabz family with a very fine watered steel blade, bar some pitting. The blade is double-edged with a diamond section towards the point. On the ends on the blade is a fine watered like pattern, symmetrical on both sides, running down to the tip of the blade. In the centre is a very vivid and prominent watered steel pattern which shows the quality craftsmanship. The blade watering is unique and very prominent and vivid to the eye. Where the blade meets the hilt, the joint seems to have some form of resin, as a means of strengthening the joint. This seems to be of period as there are no signs of welding or tampering with the blade and hilt.
Overall this is a very nice Pesh Kabz dagger from India, with a nice fitted Jade hilt. The blade features a prominent and rare form of watering, making it a great addition for Indo-Persian Arms enthusiast.