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Sword and scabbard 1775 - 1875

RCIN 11421

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This sword belonged to Bishan Singh (1672–99), the former ruler of Amber and ancestor of the rulers of Jaipur. Amber was the former capital before it moved to Jaipur in 1727. The blade of the sword is decorated with an overlaid gold square containing nine numerals in Devanagari, a script predominantly used in north India. Talismanic squares such as this often featured on South Asian swords, in the belief that it protected the owner.