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Return of Nizam’s Sword

  • 23 Sep 2022
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

A 14th century ceremonial sword that was sold in Hyderabad to a British General in the early 20th century is set to return to India.

  • The sword is among the seven objects being repatriated by Glasgow Life, which manages Glasgow’s museums.

What do we Need to Know about the Sword?

  • History of Sword:
    • The sword was exhibited by Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, Nizam of Hyderabad (1896-1911) at the 1903 Delhi or Imperial Durbar, a ceremonial reception held to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India.
    • The tulwar (sword) was purchased in 1905 by General Sir Archibald Hunter, Commander-in-Chief, Bombay Command (1903-1907), from Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad Bahadur Yamin us-Sultanat, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad.
      • Kishen Pershad hailed from the family of Maharaja Chandoo Lal, who was the prime minister for Nizam Sikander Jah twice.
      • Kishen Pershad was known for his munificence where he was known to throw out coins to people chasing his motorcar.
    • The tulwar was donated by Sir Hunter’s nephew, Mr. Archibald Hunter Service, to Glasgow Life museums’ collections in 1978.
  • Features:
    • The sword, shaped like a snake, has serrated edges and a damascene pattern, with gold etchings of an elephant and tigers.
  • Other Indian Objects at Glasgow:
    • Six of the items include several 14th Century carvings and 11th Century stone door jams. They were stolen from shrines and temples in the 19th Century.

Source: TH

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