Object Title

Sword (talwar) and scabbard

Sword (talwar) and scabbard

Date

1847

Object Number

XXVIS.41

Provenance

Ownership uncertain, see AL.8. Deposited by Lord Hardinge of Penshurst, 1955

Physical Description

Blade and steel hilt overlaid with gold. Scabbard of steel decorated en suite with the hilt. The blade is decorated with an inscription in Persian, 'If Afrasiyab held this blade/The sun would throw down his shield at his feet'.

Dimensions

Dimensions: length: overall 93.5 cm (36.8 in, Blade length: 81 cm (31.9 in), Scabbard length: 84.5 cm (33.25 in) Weight: Sword 985 g (2 lb 2.5 oz), Scabbard 685 g (1 lb 8 oz)

Associations

Bibliographic References

S Stronge (ed.) The arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, London, V&A Publications, 1999: 225-6, no. 137, pl. 172.