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Afghanistan, 19th century
A very fine heavy pulwar fighting sword. Better than the average once on the market. It has a well forged multi fullered blade of 78cm with one 'U' shaped fuller near the ricasso. A feature often encountered on swords from the Afghan-Panjab region. A pronounced yelman of 25cm. Steel hilt of characteristic form chiselled with lines and designs of foliage, comprising pointed langets, downbent stylised Makara-head quillons chiselled with arabesques, hollow cup-shaped pommel pierced with small holes between raised spiral lines, and filled with jingles retained by a disc-shaped cap with rayed domed finial, and swelling grip. The blade is recently etched. Very good condition. 91cm overall. No scabbard.
'Mortal beauty, Arms and Armour of India and China', Exhibition Catalogue, 2015, by E. Karlova, A. Pastukhov, A. Popov, E. Uspenskaya, p. 222, number 137, Talwar
Bonhams, Antique Arms & Armour, Including items from the Dr. Ernst-Joachim Rogahn Collection, 27 November 2013, lot nr 19
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