South Indian, possibly Deccan

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This sword represents an Indian interpretation of Dhu’l Fiqar. The disk-shaped pommel and recurved knuckle guard are distinct features of Indian talwars, a type of saber. The scalloped, notched pattern running along the edges of the blade could refer to the historic belief of Dhu’l Fiqar’s original appearance, as well as the derivation of the name; faqar means "vertebrae" or "notch."

Sword, Steel, iron, silver, South Indian, possibly Deccan

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