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Length 81 cm, crescent axe head 33 x 29 cm
steel, iron, brass, copper, wood
late 19th century
India, 19th century
A ceremonial tabar axe of typical shape with a large crescentic cutting edge, the flanks scalloped and decorated with openwork roundels and brass and copper nails, each side of the crescent embellished with chased brass and copper-overlaid figural decoration depicting Krishna playing the flute, the butt with a copper-inlaid inscription and surmounted by brass chhajjas (domed pavillion-shaped structures) and a flame-shaped spike to the side, the top of the axe head with a sharp faceted steel spike, the wooden shaft embellished with brass rosettes, 81cm high. Very good condition.
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