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Old 14th August 2016, 09:07 PM   #81
Andreas
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Originally Posted by ariel


We have neither physical nor iconographic examples of Caucasian shashkas older than late 18th- early 19 century.


Buttin in his catalogue shows a shashka with a 16th century Genoese blade (No 646 below). He says that these Genoese blades were the most prized in the Caucasus, a fact which led to Syrian forgeries, but of a far lesser quality.
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