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Rare 18th C. Central Indian Battle Axe Bulova with thick silver overlay

( ID: ia998 )

A fine and quite rare large Indian battle axe, or a form of bulova, likely from Central India taking it's form from the tribal weapons of the south central Deccan but of much finer construction.  This example is mounted on a rosewood haft of heavy dimensions, which could itself be used as a weapon, and with two silver caps on either end. The axehead is large and heavy of fine form with detailed chiseleing on the counterpunch, and with thick overlaid silver, then chiseled with designs, over the iron of the axehead.  The silver overlay calls to mind the earlier Tanjore work found on ironwork patas, and could indicate an earlier dating for this example,

Overall length is 42". axehead is 8"

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