Object Title

Axe (tabar)

Axe (tabar)



Object Number



Purchased at auction, Sotheby's, 16 December 1980, lot 372. From the Major A.D.F. White collection, formerly AL.13 22.

Physical Description

The blade is down-turned with a straight edge and semi-circular cut out in the lower flat. The socket is square. The blade is decorated in gold overlay with flowers in fine scrolling foliage, and in an interlaced panel on the sides of the socket. The haft is of round sectioned steel tube, with a moulding below the head and a washer and tang-button above. At the base is a small, moulded terminal with an onion-shaped finial.


Dimensions: overall length 51.0 cm (20.1 in), blade length 10.1 cm (4.0 in) Weight: The weight of the axe is 0.565 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Yellow label stamped 16 Dec 1980 and inscribed 327/4.



The head of this axe is almost identical to XXVIC.31