A RARE INDIAN COMBINED AXE AND ELEPHANT GOAD (ANCUS), MYSORE, LATE 18TH CENTURY
with slightly recurved axe-head cut with an inscription and scrolls of foliage on each face, the rear portion clenched between the jaws of a tiger on each side, the tiger mane chiselled with bibri and extending to form a robust socket chiselled with further bibri and scrolls, with pointed bud-shaped rear pean, on a wooden haft, the upper end fitted with a tapering socket with screw-in slender fluted ancus terminal, the base with contemporary brass grip formed as a sword hilt, with tiger-mask quillon terminals, knuckle-guard with recurved terminal en suite, tiger-head pommel, faceted integral grip, and painted with an inventory number '80'
96cm; 37 3/4in overall
Almost certainly Tipu Sultan's Armoury
Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the Mysore Palace Armoury