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ON9488

Original Indo Persian 1850 Double Headed Tabar Battle Axe

Regular price $495.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. The tabar (also called tabarzin, which means "saddle axe") is a type of battle axe. The term tabar is used for axes originating from the Ottoman Empire, Persia, Armenia, India and surrounding countries and cultures. As a loanword taken through Iranian Scythian, the word tabar is also used in most Slavic languages as the word for axe.

The tabarzin (saddle axe) (Persian: تبرزین‎; sometimes translated "saddle-hatchet") is the traditional battle axe of Persia (Iran). It bears one or two crescent-shaped blades. The long form of the tabar was about seven feet long, while a shorter version was about three feet long. What makes the Persian axe unique is the very thin handle, which is very light and always metallic. The tabarzin was sometimes carried as a symbolic weapon by wandering dervishes (Muslim ascetic worshippers). The word tabar for axe was directly borrowed into Armenian as tapar (Armenian: տապար) from Middle Persian tabar, as well as into Proto-Slavonic as "topor" (*toporъ), the latter word known to be taken through Scythian, and is still the common Slavic word for axe.

This axe dates to around 1850 and was a design based on earlier European weapons of the Crusades and Knightly eras. Made in Persia or in the western part of India where the Persians had settled some 400 years before. The double headed axe head is engaged with silhouettes of great predatory cats (tigers?) amid bird and foliage designs. The rather light weight head is mounted on a substantial steel shaft, which terminates with a spear point to top. Measuring 29" in overall length, this makes a fearsome war axe, cutting edges currently quite dull, thankfully!

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