Place of Origin: INDIA / INDONESIA
Date: Late 18th Century - Early 19th Century
Overall: 14" Inches
An unusual Indian object known as a zafar takieh or throne of victory. The handle is made from jade and finely carved with raised leaves and buds, while a ruby is set into gold at its center. The handle’s bow shape would have provided a convenient resting point for the owner’s hand during a darbar or other official event. The blade is of Indonesian manufacture and follows the general form of the iconic kris dagger. Such a blade would have been a foreign curiosity to Indian rulers, and probably reached India through trade routes with South East Asia. This slender, serpentine blade has a strong etched feather pattern known as parmor and the waves along the edge, the luk, represent the crucial elements of life brought together through forging to create a weapon that has a living quality to it. The blade is painted with the old inventory number, ‘D83’.
A comparable composite of a kris blade and Indian dagger-hilt can be viewed in Arms and Armoury of the Mysore Palace. A jade zafar takieh in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (acc.no. 36.25.734) also has the blade of another culture, this time from Solingen in Germany.
 H.T. Talwar, Arms and Armoury of the Mysore Palace, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, 1994, p.9.