Object Title

Miniature axe (tabar)

Miniature axe (tabar)



Object Number



Purchased at auction, Sotheby's, 16 December 1980, lot 260. From the Major A.D.F. White collection, formerly AL.13 131.

Physical Description

The blade is crescent-shaped, fretted with a heart and arabesques. It has a square socket, the corners bevelled to form round sides chiselled with eight-petalled flowers. At the rear is a spike with a knop on a moulded dome. The blade is crudely decorated in silver koftgari with a pattern of squiggles, with borders on the faces of spike. The haft is formed of a steel tube, with an onion-shaped terminal at the base. It is pierced with a small suspension hole.


BladeLength10 cm
OverallLength42.9 cm
AxeWeight0.154 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Labels: yellow, Sotheby's, stamped 16 Dec 1980 and inscribed 260; and white, inscribed B.184.


Places India

Bibliographic References

B Clifford and K Watts, Princely armours and weapons of childhood, Royal Armouries, Leeds 2003: 44