Persian tabar-zin (saddle axe), 19th century, Steel axe with a crescent shaped head and single-edged blade. Both sides of the blade reveal a chiselled and gold incrusted decoration, with a large central cartouche filled by an inscription in nasta’liq or Persian calligraphy. On the outside of the cartouche there are two other with Arabic and Persian inscriptions. Blade signed : Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb. Length: 75 cm; Full Blade Diameter: 18 cm.