Object Title

Sword (talwar) and scabbard

Sword (talwar) and scabbard

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XXVIS.205

Provenance

Purchased 22 January 1986.

Physical Description

The blade is curved and single edged for three quarters of its length, with a single, medial fuller running almost full length. On each side is a triangle of three dots near the hilt, and two more towards the point. The iron hilt is of Indo-Muslim form, with a broad dish pommel surmounted by a four-lobed washer and a dome with a tang button and a suspension loop with four holes. The grip is of lozenge section, made in one with the quillons, which are of flattened section and flare to domed terminals, and the long, flat ended langets. Attached to the forward quillon is a knuckle bow with a beast headed terminal. The hilt is decorated in gold koftgari with fronds of foliage in a scale pattern with stylised sprays of flowers and leaves in the spaces, and gilt borders with small crossed squares reserved in iron. Inscribed in gold inlay on the back, 'sarkar...al-Nizam al-Mulk...Khan..(?)Muzaffar Jang', possibly for the Nizam of that name ruling in Hyderabad in 1750-1.


The scabbard is of wood covered in crimson velvet with a V-shaped mouth. The top locket has a flattened, heart-shaped suspension ring at either side, and the chape is large with a florid terminal. Both fittings are decorated en suite with the hilt.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 94.9 cm (37.4 in), blade length: 80.3 cm (31.6 in), blade width 4.1 cm (1.6 in), scabbard length: 84.8 cm (33.4 in) Weight: 1.1 kg (2 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscribed in gold inlay on the back, 'sarkar...al-Nizam al-Mulk...Khan..(?)Muzaffar Jang', possibly for the Nizam of that name ruling in Hyderabad in 1750-1.

Associations

Places India