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Saddle axe

Saddle axe

  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    second half of 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chiselled steel and chased silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Executors of the late Captain Alfred Hutton

  • Museum number:

    IM.48-1911

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 22

This saddle axe, probably made in Lucknow in the 18th century, was acquired in India by Captain Alfred Hutton (1839-1910). Hutton was a famous swordsman whose book about swords, Cold Steel, was published in 1889. He owned a number of Indian swords and other arms which were all bequeathed to the V&A in 1911, together with his collection of fencing and duelling literature.

Physical description

Chiselled steel; the shaft of ebony covered with chased silver.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)

Date

second half of 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Chiselled steel and chased silver

Dimensions

Length: 58.5 cm

Object history note

As originally arranged and displayed in Exhibition Road Indian Museum galleries until 1955, with some additions while in storage, case F.709

Descriptive line

Saddle axe tabarzin of chiselled steel; the shaft of ebony covered with chased silver. Lucknow; Second half of the 18th century

Labels and date

SADDLE AXE: Chiselled steel; the shafts of ebony covered with chased silver. Lucknow; Second half of the 18th century [Nehru Gallery, 2001]

Production Note

Mughal

Materials

Steel; Silver

Techniques

Chiselled; Chased

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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