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Old 29th September 2015, 04:57 PM   #11
Bob A
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 169

It strikes me as unusual that there is no wear at all on the gold work.

The pattern I see is more Damascene than wootz, which has more granular inclusions, or so it appears to my unskilled eye.

The scratches that appear in the close-up in the last picture are beneath the gold work, and appear fresh and without any sort of corrosion, which seems a bit odd.

I hesitate to draw any conclusions from these observations.
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