Northern Indian tabar (axe), century, crescent shaped head with a brass covered steel blade decorated with engraved arabesque motifs The counter blade has an elephant surrounded by tigers made of forged brass. The handle is completely covered in bras
Ottoman dagger,19th century, steel, jade, gold, emerald, diamond, ruby. L. with sheath 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm); L. without sheath 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); L. of blade 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm); D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); Wt. 14 oz. (396.9 g); Wt. of sheath 9.7 oz (275 g), Met Museum.
Indian tabar-zin (saddle axe), 18th to 19th c. The battle-axe comes from the Persian region where it was part of a horseman’s equipment from early Islamic periods. Not all battle-axes were velvet-clad parade weapons like this one, as a 10th c passage from Firdawsi’s Shah-nama (Book of Kings) shows, [“Blows were dealt with battle-axes tabar-i-zin, clubs, and swords"], a battle-ax was above all a serious weapon. H: 55; L: 13.1 cm. The David Collection.