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A steel-hilted sword (talwar) and scabbard, the blade with the ten avatars of Vishnu, India, 19th century

A steel-hilted sword (talwar) and scabbard, the blade with the ten avatars of Vishnu, India, 19th century

A steel-hilted sword (talwar) and scabbard, the blade with the ten avatars of Vishnu, India, 19th century

the slightly curved blade of watered steel decorated in relief with the ten avatars of Vishnu within cartouches interspersed by their titles, the hilt with baluster grip, broad cross guard, and disc pommel, decorated throughout with gilt and punched floral decoration, pommel surmounted by an openwork loop, the velvet covered wood scabbard with gilt chape decorated with flowers in cartouches


sword: 87cm.

in scabbard: 92cm.

Overall in good condition, the blade suffers from patination and some oxidation consistent with its age, some rubbing and minor chips, the hilt, possibly associated, with some losses and rubbing, the fabric of the scabbard is frayed, as viewed.


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While hunting scenes depicting humans and animals are often incised on swords, the blade of this talwar is decorated with the ten avatars of Vishnu: Matsya (the fish), Kurma (the tortoise), Varaha (the boat), Narasimha (the man-lion), Vamana (the dwarf), Parasurama (the angry man), Lord Rama (the perfect man), Lord Krishna (the divine Statesman), Balarama (Krishna’s elder brother), Kalki (the mightly warrior).