19th century from a well-known but yet to be researched group, probably originating in Goa. See our FNS4075 for a helmet from that group with a liner embroidered with PORTUGAL thus identifying it to the Portuguese colony of Goa. In the absence of information suggesting otherwise, we will refer to these as Goanese. This example, 26 ¼” length with tubular haft terminating in a heavy fore spike decorated in spiral bands of foliage and noble portraits. Crescent form bit decorated with three noble women one side and a bearded man with axe and woman the other, perhaps suggesting an execution. Decoration quite crisp with scattered speckles.