Saddle Axe

Steel, wood, leather, gold | 53.3cm | c. 1725-50

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As the name implies, small axes of this type, tabarzin in Persian, were carried beneath a horseman’s saddle, ready for use in handto-hand combat. The blade of this example is forged from crucible (“watered”) steel and is delicately chiseled with foli...
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