|India, Blade dated 1709|
Zulfikar swords are relatively rare and this example is unusual even among zulfikars on account of the pronounced curve of its double-edged steel blade. As with other zulfikar swords, this example has a bifurcated or split end. One edge is saw-like; the other is not.
The blade is stamped on both sides with either a maker's mark or a armoury stamp, which includes the date '1709'.
The iron or steel hilt is overlaid with silver and silver-gilt in stylised Mughal-inspired poppy designs. The hilt includes a concave pommel which similarly is decorated on the top and underside.
Overall, the sword is heavy in the hand.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Dimensions: length: 56cm|
|Primary Classification: Antique guns, Antique Swords for Sale : Edged Weapons and Swords for Sale|
|Secondary Classification: Asian Art : Other|
|A less ornate example of a zulfikar is illustrated in Tirri (2003, p. 331).|
References: Tirri, A.C., Islamic Weapons: Maghrib to Moghul, Indigo Publishing, 2003.
|Provenance: US art market|
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121 Mount Vernon, Boston, MA 02108 USA
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