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Superb 18th C. Mughal or Deccan Tabarzin Axe, with a wootz axehead inlaid with precious stones

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TABARZIN

Early 18th C, Mughal or Deccan

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Exemplary example of a tabarzin with a beautiful wootz axe head, overlaid with gold koftgari, chiseled with figures of animals, inlaid with precious stones. This example is in the form and style of Lotf Ali, the famous mid 18th century Persian armorer. The V & A Museum in London has an example of an Indian axehead made during this period in the form and style of Lotf Ali.  The quality of manufacture of this example may indicate his own hand or that of a disciple.  Inlay with precious stones is very uncommon in axeheads and this is an indication of the level of quality of this example.

A core wood haft is covered a third of the way – top and bottom – with steel, and the middle third has remnants of leather covering.

Dimensions: Axe blade edge: 3.25”OAL: 21”

Literature: See Pinchot (2014): Arms of the Paladins, p. 16 – 18 for tabarizins with alternative coverings on the haft (velvet or leather). Arts of the Muslim Knight pg. 268

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