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17th C. Mughal Indian Wootz Watered Steel Tabarzin Saddle Axe

( ID: ia1225 )

A fine example of a 17th C. Mughal saddle axe. This form is called a tabarzin follows the classic Persian form, but has distinctive scalloping in the lower edge of the axehead which is formed entirely of very fine wootz, visible entirely throughout and with the distinctive blackened hardened edge which indicates this was a form ready for use in battle.

The underside and upped side of the axehead displays some fine chiseling work and the hammer of the head also has a number of inscriptions in what is likely to be Urdu.  

A very fine and heavy form of early dating.  The haft appears to be original to the axe and not a later replacement.

Overall length is 29", axehead is 5 1/4" long and 3 1/4" wide,

See comparable example in Art of the Muslim Knight, pg 269, described as "India, Seventeenth Century".

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