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Original Indo-Persian 18th Century Wood Handle Tabar Battle Axe

Regular price $295.00

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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. 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.

Surprisingly small, the sparcely decorated iron head on this example measures 4" X 2 1/2" with a an almost semicircular cutting edge, the rear in the shape of  hammer. Supported on a wood haft almost  30" long, its merit was the reach it permitted the horseman to attain when taking a very precise and accurate blow. Not often encountered from a period of history when hand to hand mounted combat was the style in which warfare was conducted. Ready to Display.

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