Tabar (Battle Axe)
- Dated: 19th century
- Culture: Persia (Iran) - Qajar period (1779 -1925)
- Medium: Iron, gold, silver
- Measurements: full length - 82cm; blade length - 21.5cm
The Tabar is a battle axe which might display several different shapes of head. It might also occasionally conceal a small dagger inside the handle. Originally created as a weapon, it would become symbolic of power and authority when related to religion.
This piece is completely manufactured in iron with the head taking the shape of a crescent. It displays a large cartouche decorated with floral motifs, engraved and inlaid in gold. In the flaming counter-blade, it displays a Makara, an animal of Hindu mythology similar to a crocodile. It has a pyramid-shaped tip.
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