Carved Viking Bed
- Dated: 18th century
- Place of Origin: Indian
- Measurements: overall length: 10.5in (267mm). Blade length: 6.75in (165mm)
Probably from Rajasthan or Central India, this knife categorised as a ‘kard’ has grips scales made of bone. The iron bolster is chiselled, while the scabbard has a silver throat piece displaying a Hindu religious icon, probably Surya Dev, the Hindu Sun god, with attached bells and suspension chains. The chape is again made of silver, with a lion devouring his prey. The scabbard is covered in red velvet, the throat featuing brown leather.
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‘This box from the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s outstanding scrimshaw collection was made between 1840 and 1856 of whale bone and ivory, mahogany, wood and tortoiseshell.’ (via Anonymous Works: Circa 1840’s Whalebone Box with Decorative Hands)
These are Chinese twin swords, from the Qing Dynasty. The swords are known as ’yin yan qi xing jian’, translated as ‘twin seven stars sword’. Both sides of the blade are inlaid with seven brass dots depicting the seven stars or qi xing.
In China the seven stars, known in the West as the Big Dipper, were referred to as the Northern Ladle. These seven stars were said to represent the Emperor’s carriage rotating around the centre of the universe. The constellation was said to govern the Four Directions, and to divide Yin from Yang. It determined the Four Seasons, balanced the Five Elements, regulated the divisions of time and so on.