South India, made of chiseled iron with bird-bodied yali creatures.
Made with a separate parakeet-shaped hook, attached to long tanged spearhead.
Covered almost entirely in very fine "sadeli" marquetry that is associated primarily with Gujarat.
A relatively rare variety of an Indian war axe, called tungi.
This type of axe was part of the standard equipment of the
With a samvat date that corresponds to 1691 A.D.
Made of a beautiful piece of black zitan hardwood, carved in a spiral, topped with a silver knob.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
Its decoration consists of fantastic designs of various animals, mythical and existing.
Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.