The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Sword with scabbard
  • Sword with scabbard
  • Assedallah of Isfahani
  • Delhi, India and Iran
  • 18th century
  • Jade, gold, watered steel inlaid with gold, table-cut rubies, emeralds and diamonds, rose diamonds, wood, velvet and silver, damascened
  • Length: 88.5 cm, overall
    Weight: 0.94 kg, without scabbard
  • Inscription: 'Amal Assad Ullah Isfahani' and talismanic square Inlaid in gold
  • OA1402
  • Oriental Armoury
Further Reading
  • This sword (tulwar) is one of the most magnificent in the Collection. Its hilt is of jade decorated with diamonds, rubies and emeralds set within mounts of gold, while the ‘watered’ steel blade bears the maker’s signature of Assad Ullah and a series of inscriptions damascened in gold, including one to the effect that ‘this is the sword of Tipu’. Tipu Sultan (1753-99), known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ (the blade bears his ‘badge’ of a tiger damascened in gold), ruled in southern India from 1782 until his death at Seringapathan in 1799, at the close of the fourth Mysore War. The sword was purchased at the Paris sale of the art collection of the comte de Pourtales-Gorgier in 1865, the occasion on which the 4th Marquess of Hertford also acquired Frans Hals’s Laughing Cavalier.