Description: the gilt-copper hilt designed in the form of a snake curling to form a handle, head with inlaid colourful glass eyes, the wavy blade gilt and engraved to centre in a snakeskin pattern, with a velvet-covered wood scabbard set with gilt-copper mounts with chased and punched floral designs, with two hooks and string for hanging
Condition Report: The sword in generally good condition, very small areas rubbed, some minor patches of oxidisation, encrusted near hilt, the scabbard in fair condition, most of velvet worn, revealing wood underside, cracks to wood, some sections on gilt-copper mounts rubbed, fraying to central ribbon, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: R. Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion, London, 2013, p.183, no.436.
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