A Kora Sword, also spelled Khora, as shown in Col. W. Kirkpatricks book "An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul" published 1811 in London. Col. Kirkpatricks illustration is the first image we have of the Kora sword that reached a larger world and also the first major work on the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Nepal.
Kora with golden inlay (Koftagari) -
Forward curved blade of high quality. Full metal, "pagoda" tip, cylindrical cross guard and pommel with round handle, very sharp.
Marked with traditional symbolism /divine talisman.
Simple and beautiful (koftagari) inlay along spine and top of blade.
Good condition and a high quality traditional Kora.
Early to mid 19th century, possibly Anglo-Nepal war 1814-1816.
Overall 71 cm long, 56cm blade, 7,5 cm wide tip.
On a Research tour to India and Nepal in early 2014 we can confirm that the overall pattern and design as well as the motives on the blade match those of the late 1700´s to early 1800´s. These pieces are found at the National Museum of Nepal and will be discussed on our blog, SirKukri over the fall of 2014. We had the honour to work as consultants to the Museum`s Arms & Armour Collection.
One of our family temple Kora`s have very similar marks and is supposed to be from the Anglo-Nepal war of 1814-16, the image above from Col. Kirkpatrick may have similar marks as the Kora here. It seems that these kind of symbols were used throughout the 19th century and a very similar Kora presented in 1938 is found in the National Army Museum, London, UK; http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1975-08-45-1