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 Post subject: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:01 pm 
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I picked up this Kora late last year. I had wanted one so was happy to get this one off the bay and as it was in so so condition at a reasonable price.

It required a clean up as it had surface rust ( was not as bad when i got it in hand) but what amazed me was this exact Kora was sold by Oriental Arms some time in the past. Described as early to mid 19th Century - Indian influence.

So you do ask how does a item like this end up on ebay in worst condition than when it was sold.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:40 am 
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Blade from bolster to middle tip of blade 45.5cm

Hilt inside discs is 8.5cm (small)

Total from tip to tip is 60.1cm

Side to side at tip of blade is 13cm

Spine 6mm

Sorry no weight as scales don't work


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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:52 am 
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pictorial rep of dimensions


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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:53 am 
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Excellent, one of the founders of this forum, Rod lives in Australia, And had a few Kora and hundreds of kukri , which have now been sold. Many very cheaply and many will be still in Oz.

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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:21 pm 
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I hope so. I wish I had been around when Rod was letting them go.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:55 am 
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Lovely Kora RAMBA i do.like these , like the unusual pommel decoration .,is this a fighting Kora or a Sacrificial one ??
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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:47 pm 
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Hi Highlander - my knowledge is limited but I think sacrificial. Oriental Arms originally sold this as that. The pommel decoration is I believe a monster of some sort. I think VK has covered this monster decoration in his blog but I can't find it.

Might be a representation of Kirtimukha (Sanskrit kīrtimukha, also kīrttimukha, a bahuvrihi compound translating to "glorious face") is the name of a swallowing fierce monster face with huge fangs, and gaping mouth, very common in the iconography of Hindu temple architecture in India and Southeast Asia, and often also found in Buddhist architecture.

I stand corrected as I just don't know for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:00 pm 
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Artzis handled hundreds and in this case Id agree with his pitch, given apparent depth of blade and the Eye of the goddess definite implications of sacrificial use.

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 Post subject: Re: The Life of a Kora
PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:01 pm 
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Very nice KORA, thanks for posting the excellent pictures! :mrgreen:


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