Antique Indo-Persian Islamic Saddle Axe, 18th
Outstanding quality Indo Persian war axe -Tabar from the Qajar Dynasty period, circa 1750. 7 inches (17 ½ cm) long, large steel crescent blade, most likely Damascus steel wootz is highly decorated on both sides with two Persian aristocrats sitting beside a tree and greatly inlaid in gold koftgari. The loop on the middle has cartouches with Arabic calligraphy. The back of the blade is decorated in arabesque and silver inlaid. The octagonal, steel haft is gold inlaid and cut in a swirled pattern. The axe is very heavy compared to similar Persian axes from the Qajar Dynasty, and is weighing 3 pounds. References: Weapons- an International Encyclopedia form 5000 BC to 2000 AD by David Harding, London 1980 + 1990. Overall length: approximately 29 ¾ inches (76 cm).
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