Antique Islamic Indo Persian Indian Mace Gurz 18th Century Mughal India
Authentic antique, museum-quality, mid 18th century (circa 1750 AD) Mughal India, Maratha - Deccan, silver inlaid steel Islamic Indo Persian Indian massive war mace (Gurz). The mace is composed of several separate elements of hand-forged steel, including a spherical iron head (hollow inside) decorated with silver inlaid circles (worn) and set with 107 inserted faceted iron spikes of a square section, and is topped with a large spike.
A hollow tubular steel socket with an octagonal knot pierced with cagework windows under the head. The grip is divided by two globular moldings and adorned with silver inlaid damascene koftgari.
CONDITION: Very good, complete with all spikes, showing age and usage, the silver inlay is slightly worn (especially on the head).
Overall length: 76 cm (29.92 inches).
Height of the head, including central spike: 18 cm (7.09 inches).
Width of the head including spikes: 14 cm (5.51 inches)
WEIGHT: 1.303 kg = 2.87 pounds
1. An identical mace from the collection of the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India, dated by museum curators to the Mid 18th century, is published in the book "Catalogue of edged arms and armour in the Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad" by G N Pant. Page250. Figure 82/LIII
2. Another identical mace is published in the "Encyclopedia of Weapons"
Please see the last 2 picture in the listing.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.