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tabarzin axe
tabarzin axe
tabarzin axe
tabarzin bikaner axe
tabarzin saddle axe
indian axe
bikaner axe
bikaner saddle axe
Tabarzin war axe
17 tot 18th century
Indo-Persian arms
Ref. ia0040

A very nice Indian saddle axe or 'tabarzin'. It was part of the standard outfit of a mounted warrior. This example can be dated late 17 to early 18th century. Unlike many oversized 19th century ceremonial war axes this axe is a practical weapon designed for combat. The hardwood shaft is reinforced with a steel section in the middle, covering the length of the shaft. The two wooden plates are secured to the steel with 9 rivets an diamonds shaped washers on either side. A shaft this size made entirely of steel would make it too heavy to be used in combat efficiently and it would also be out of balance. The shaft features an iron dome-shaped base adorned with a short spike. This was probably designed to allow a tassel that would go around the wrist during combat. The axe head is small, heavy, wedge-shaped and secured to the shaft with a peened wedge shaped plate. The construction is simple yet elegant in its simplicity with fine characteristics. The axe shows two marks in the typical punch-dot style associated with arms held in the Bikanēr armory. 976 grams

- similar example on display at the Junagarh Fort Museum, Bikaner

50cm (19.69inch )