Sword and sheath (talwar)

Sword and sheath (talwar)

Watered steel blade, gilt relief-decorated hilt; crimson velvet sheath with gold mounts and a brocade waist belt
Lahore, Pakistan
17th-19th century
Museum nos. 3391&A(IS)

This was thought to be the Sword of Rustam, heirloom of the Durrani family, acquired by Maharaja Ranjit Singh from Shah Shuja-ul-Mulk. It was transferred from the India Museum to the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A) in 1879.