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72 cm, total length 84 cm
6 mm at the forte narrowing to 4 mm at the back edge
iron, pattern welded steel, wood, leather
Rajasthan, probably Jodhpur
first half 19th century
German art market
probably Jodhpur, 19th century
An interesting and elegant Marwari style tulwar with Sirohi blade.
Telling from its surface the blade is probably pattern welded, polished and bears no maker’s mark or inscriptions. There is some scattered pitting overall but nothing affecting the blades' solidness. The thickness is 6 mm at the forte narrowing to 4 mm at the back edge.
The hilt has beaded rims similar to a tulwar sword in the Mehrangarh Palace Museum that belonged to the Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Akbar. The beaded or pearls rims remind of the South Indian craftsmanship of Tanjore but is likely inspired by it rather than being made there. (Read Rajput Arms & Armour by Robert Elgood, page 644) The grip section differs from the classical ‘Karan Shahi’ type in that it elegantly curves up towards the disc pommel. The seamless pattern on the scabbard together with the hilt shape most likely refer to Jodhpur origin. The leather covered scabbard is original and in very good condition. It shows some wear to the high relief pattern caused by the sword belt suspensions. A previous owner did a bad job trying to clean the item probably using some acid solution on the hilt. Three small nicks to the cutting edge from handeling the sword. First half 19th century. German art market.
Rajput Arms & Armour by Robert Elgood, page 644
Museo Stibbert, Florence, similar example
Belmont House, Faversham
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