Object Title

Axe (tabar)

Axe (tabar)



Object Number



Transferred from VIII.57. On loan to the Maison Dieu, Dover (L1).

Physical Description

The iron head divides into two triangular wings springing from a single socket. The ends of the wings are concave. The blade is decorated at the socket with crude engraving in the form of a row of three double arcs above two lines of cross hatching. The back of the socket has a pronounced lip at the centre.
The haft is of wood, ending above the blade with a crude iron spike set into a cast brass socket decorated with two bands of lozenges and one band of semi circles topped by trefoils. Below the blade, the haft is protected by a crude brass ferrule. Below this the haft has a binding of vegetable fibre, possibly rafia. At the base it has a cast brass shoe en suite with the ferrule.


Dimensions: overall length 98.4 cm (38.8 in), head length 20.3 cm (8.0 in)

Inscriptions and Marks




For a very similar example, see W. Egerton, 'An illustrated handbook of Indian arms', London, 1880, no. 37, p. 78, fig. 15 (Indian Museum no. 12603-'55).