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A Bronze Sward Hilt, South India (Tanjor), Early 17TH Century

The pommel of the bronze hilt is formed as a stylised Sinha or Mukha"s (Lion"s) head with a protruding tongue, eyes and sharp teeth.
The hilt has a flattened guard and curved knuckle-guard composed of a long tail spouting out of the creature’s mouth, the knuckle-guard consists of two other Sinha or Mukha"s on each end of the tail.
The ( Sinha or Mukha) is an Indian mythological lion, it is normally used in decorating fixed and portable objects of art, usually as finials such as canes, staffs and weapons like swords, and daggers etc.,

The Lion in Eastern art is a very powerful sign and was normally associated to royalties.
The Sinha or Mukha means in Indian literature, is a lion head or face.

The Yali is another hybrid mythical lion or creature that was also used extensively in Indian Art.
The Yali can be described as follows:-
The Yali’s neck is normally covered with stylized lions mane or hair.
The Yali is derived or means (wicked or vicious), and is associated with Vishnu and Kali.
The ferocious mythical beast is usually depicted with horned bulging eyes separated by a crest to the forehead and the mouth is usually wide open with a protruding and curling tongue and sharp Indian crocodile-shape fangs.

The Yali beast is found in Indian paintings and architectural temple sculptures and is often been depicted dwarfing the humans who oppose them in combat situations or some times depicted with humans riding the Yali as an expression of man kind’s struggle over the elements and forces of nature which is represented by the Yali.
The Yali was also used in decorating portable objects of art, usually as finials such as canes, staffs and weapons like swords, and daggers etc.,


Condition:- chip to one side of the lower blade haft but generally in good condition
19.5 cm. long
7 cm wide

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  • Identification Number: 41


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