Iron hilt of Aurangzeb form as identified by Pant. See Vol II fig.281 and accompanying text which describes the changes made after the deposition of Shah Jahan including the broader dish pommel and vase-shaped grip with chevron bottom. This example is undecorated as made. The 29” curved s.e. blade is of crystal damask watered steel showing evidence of periodic repolishing. Aurangzeb ruled from 1658-1707 after deposing his father, Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and introduced many changes including the style and decoration of weapons.

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