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Cerjak 11th September 2017 02:08 PM

Translation help needed on Nayar sword
 
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Translation help needed on Nayar sword
All steel naya with c 70 cm long reinforced flexible blade.
I would like to find the translation for the marks in the blade and also I would like to find more information about this sword.
The only think I know about nayar is it is a temple sword and also a ceremonial sword from the 18 th century.
Any comment and on it would be welcome.
Best

Cerjak

BANDOOK 12th September 2017 08:36 AM

Bonjour Cerjak
I Just Wanted to make u aware that these swords were never used for battle,but mainly for ceremonial use in religious ceremonies during Theyyam in Kerala and Bhuta Kola in Karnataka State of India.
I shall get back to you soon about the translation.
Regards Rajesh

Cerjak 12th September 2017 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by BANDOOK
Bonjour Cerjak
I Just Wanted to make u aware that these swords were never used for battle,but mainly for ceremonial use in religious ceremonies during Theyyam in Kerala and Bhuta Kola in Karnataka State of India.
I shall get back to you soon about the translation.
Regards Rajesh

Thank you Rajesh,I hope you could translate the marks.Also could you let me know your opinion about age.
best
cerjak

Ibrahiim al Balooshi 12th September 2017 09:33 AM

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Apparently~ These rare swords - known as Temple Swords - are associated with the Nayar or Nair of Malabar of Southern India, believed circa 18th century. They were used for religious and domestic ceremonies.
This example has the classic flexible steel blade and is ~28" in length. They are double-edged but not necessarily combat worthy. Upper edge - near the crescent-moon-shaped tip - has small holes drilled to accept ringlets attached to "charms" or other trinkets such as bells (only two ringlets/trinkets remain on this example). The grip is iron - cylindrical in geometry - with light brass cross guard and langets (the fastening strips for the blade); also present - towards the pommel - are a series of brass discs, the last disc has small holes drilled to accept ringlets attached to "charms" or other trinkets such as bells as on the blade (only three ringlets/trinkets remain on this example). Overall length is ~34-1/2". These are considered very scarce if not rare.

These swords are very similar to - and often mistaken for - the African Ngombe “Execution” Swords common to the Ngombe people of central Zaire, Africa.


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