Object Title

Axe (tabar)

Axe (tabar)



Object Number



Found, 1975.

Physical Description

The axe blade has an almost straight upper edge, a curved cutting edge and a recurved lower edge, balanced by a simple square poll on the back. The whole surface, except for the cutting edge itself (which is chipped), is covered with sheet silver decorated with formal scrolls that have been parcel gilt on a punched ground. The haft is tubular, of iron decorated like the blade. The knop at the base unscrews to reveal a long, slim bladed knife.


Dimensions: The length of the weapon is 713 mm, the width of the blade is 139 mm, the length of the knife being 537 mm, its blade being 393 mm long. Weight: The weight of the axe is 1.287 kg.

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Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 142-3

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 35