Sep 15, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
Sep 15, 2015

Sword with scabbard

Sword with scabbard


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Watered steel blade with iron hilt inlaid with gold; velvet lining with leather straps; wooden scabbard with velvet case and metallic threads

Overall: 99 cm (39 in.)

Gift of S. D. Wright 1930.706



Straight swords were typical of those used among military and aristocratic circles in the southern regions of the Deccan, in contrast to the curved swords favored by Central Asian equestrians. Increased contact between the Mughal north and the Deccan south during the 1600s led to the appearance of the Deccan-style sword in courtly portraits made during the time of Jahangir and Shah Jahan, and later.

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