Originally Posted by Jim McDougall
There appears to be a certain 'range' in the group of daggers known as chilanum, which include the 'anthromorphic' style hilts (which have what appear to be upheld arms). Could it be that this particular style hilt on chilanum is particular to 17th c.?
I don't know if they are anthropomorphic, they look like some hilts from later khandjar and more related to flowers to me.
I think that is more related to the "all metal" aspect, some of them are heavily corroded and it reinforces this "antique " look...
But the 17th c. date is very suspicious to me, especialy when you look at the diversity of chillanum dated from the 17thc...