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Old 23rd June 2010, 03:44 AM   #1
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Default Silver and Gold Kothimora Kukri

Greetings folks. I have a new kukri and the mounts and hilt are beautifully chased and repoussed silver. The top scabbard panel is repoussed gold. Rest of the scabbard is brown leather. Got from a formite viewer through Freebooter (thanks guys ).

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Old 23rd June 2010, 03:47 AM   #2
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Here are some more pictures:

BTW - anyone know the meaning of the birds clutching snakes and the fish on either side of the "sun"?
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Old 23rd June 2010, 04:02 AM   #3
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anyone know the meaning of the birds clutching snakes
Garuda and naga. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/myt...r/opposites.php
Lovely kothimora.
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Old 23rd June 2010, 04:08 AM   #4
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Absolutely beautiful! The work on the hilt looks different than on the sheath, possibly newer. any story behind that or is my mind just playing tricks on me?
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Old 23rd June 2010, 05:51 AM   #5
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That was quick, thank you and very helpful. What about the fish?

Pepperskull reminded me of one other question, how old?
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Old 23rd June 2010, 07:48 AM   #6
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That realy is a beuty Battara! congratulations indeed!

Is the bolster gold also or brass perhaps?

The fish in the Hindu religion represents the first of the 10 incarnations of the god Vishnu.

In the fish incarnation Vishnu saved the world from a great flood. {sound familier to Christians as well?} But then Manu, the first man, caught that little fish that then grew to giant size and revealed himself as the god. When the flood approached, Manu saved himself by tying his boat to the horn on the fish’s head. Some early accounts refer to the fish-saviour as Prajāpati (whose identity is later merged with that of Brahmā), an illustration of how the legends of the god incartations merge into other myths.

I should also add that In Buddhism {& of course Nepali Hindus also accept Buddha as a God} the "Golden Fish" or matsya were originally symbolic of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, but came to represent good fortune in general, for Hindus & Buddhists.. a pair of fish are one of the 8 auspicious symbols of Buddhism.


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Old 23rd June 2010, 03:16 PM   #7
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What great information, thank you folks! The bolsters are brass.
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Old 23rd June 2010, 04:50 PM   #8
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Glad to help!

As to your other questions, I would guess the crescent is the moon & the sun is the symbol between the fishes. Both powerfull symbols in Nepal & Hinduism in general. {or everywhere I guess?} I expect some of the flowers will represent the lotus as well.

Hindu weapons always carry so much religious symbolism, but this kothi really takes that to the next stage! .

I would guess it dates from around c.1910 to c.1935

Its really is a beauty.

Some of best & made to be usable kukris turn up in kothi scabbards on occasion, compared to the average issue type pieces & I would guess yours is one of these.

Originaly the richer Chetri warriors in the 19th century would carry there war kukri in kothi scabbards for practical as well as asthetic reasons.

The way the locket & chape hold even a cut or damaged scabbard together & provide a sure & safe grip for drawing, were all plus points I think & in the case of yours {a later style} the silver strips down the side protect the scabbard from being pierced as well.

They were "special" for many reasons historically.

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Old 26th June 2010, 08:44 PM   #9
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Once again I bow in your presence, thank you.

This has all the characteristics of what I want in a kothimora and a kuk in a silver hilt. A keeper in my permanent collection.
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Absolutely beautiful! The work on the hilt looks different than on the sheath, possibly newer. any story behind that or is my mind just playing tricks on me?


A little less flash exposure may help your minds eye;

http://www.swordsantiqueweapons.com/c003_full.html

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Old 27th June 2010, 05:58 PM   #11
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Thanks Gavin, I guess I need to cut down a little on the yellow light.
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Thanks to Lew I have a new chain and disc to go with my kukri. The chain is silver flat mesh and the disc is brass. Thank you Lew.
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Sweet! Looks great and nice exposure on the pictue :-)
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Wow! Where are my sunglasses!

It's a BEAUTIUFUL example buddy! Congratulations.
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Thanks gents!

Was hoping not to have to attempt to make a flat silver chain and a special disc (both a pain in the neck! ). Had to modify the disc a bit, but workable and not too big so as to see the moon symbol.
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Old 16th June 2011, 01:27 PM   #16
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Smile kotimora khukri

ive seen a few khukris over the years but this is truly something else well done!
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Old 17th June 2011, 07:58 PM   #17
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Ditto to the above! NOice Battara!
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Old 17th June 2011, 11:14 PM   #18
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The medallion really brings the Kothimora scabbard to life and nicely compliments the existing goldwork... without doubt, one of the most beautiful Kothimora kukri I have ever seen.
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Old 17th June 2011, 11:37 PM   #19
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Thank you folks. VEry helpful. On the kukri forum Spiral or Berkley said that it is great that original material was used for this. Had a devil of a time trying to find flat mesh silver chain.

Yes it does bring it to life doesn't it. Again my thanks to Lew.
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