Enquiry about object: 6444
Indian Saddle Axe (Tabarzin)
Northern India early 19th century
length: 65.6cm, width: 20cm, weight: 1,829g
UK art market
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This fine, Persian-influenced saddle axe has a superb, chiselled steel head and a long handle wrapped in leather.
The weighted axehead has been chiselled to both sides of the blade with flower motifs.
The section of the handle near the head is covered in silver that has been repoussed with flower motifs. The top of the end of the handle is decorated with silver studs.
Saddle axes were carried by warriors on horseback under the saddle and were used for hand-to-hand fighting.
This example is in fine condition. It has a good, heavy weight in the hand.
Alexander, D., Islamic Arms and Armor: in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2015.
Terlinden, C., Mughal Silver Magnificence, Antalga, 1987.