One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of damascene work made in South Asia, in which a pattern traced on steel is inlaid with gold.
- ‘Here is an example of heavy silver koftgari on a steel Balinese ceremonial axe.’
- ‘Blades are often engraved or decorated with koftgari or inlay, on the flat and spine, some very elaborately; this is a typically Burmese feature.’
- ‘The blade is straight, single edge, 6 ¾ inches long decorated with gold koftgari.’
- ‘The gold koftgari is well preserved on the blade, and partially worn on the hilt.’
- ‘The blade is decorated with silver, with a band of gold koftgari beside the edge.’
Late 19th century: from Urdu and Persian kuft-garī ‘beaten work’.
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