The ‘Sarp-Sword’ of the Nizams of Hyderabad, which was brought to Delhi earlier this month, will be made ready for public viewing at the famous Salar Jung Museum.
The High Commission of India in the UK and Glasgow Life of the United Kingdom, which manages Glasgow’s museums, signed an agreement during a ceremonial ceremony at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to give India the rights to the unique sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
The ceremonial sword is of Indo-Persian design and is shaped like a snake and has serrated edges and a Damascus pattern, with gold carvings of an elephant and tiger dating back to about 1350 AD.
Mir Mehboob Ali Khan, INTACH co-convener, P. Anuradha Reddy said, “The sword had disappeared for some time under Nizam VI’s rule.” They speculate that Sir Archibald Hunter, who was the General Officer Commanding of the Southern Army in 1907, may have been presented with the sword by the rules of Hyderabad and thus traveled with him to Europe.
While the government’s position is that such artifacts are stolen items, India’s acquisition document for the sword states that it was purchased from Maharaja Kishan Prasad.
“The Tulwar (Sword) was purchased in 1905 by the Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Command, General Sir Archibald Hunter (1903–1907) from Maharaja Sir Kishan Parshad Bahadur Yamin Us-Sultan, Prime Minister of Hyderabad.”
“Tulwar was donated to the collection of the Glasgow Life Museums in 1978 by Sir Hunter’s nephew, Mr. Archibald Hunter Service.” Glasgow Life Communications Officer Jonathan Reilly, Glasgow Life Communications Officer Jonathan Reilly said in a statement.
According to Glasgow Museum documents, the “sword” was displayed by Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, Nizam of Hyderabad (1896–1911) for a ceremonial reception to commemorate the coronation of King Edward at the Imperial Court held in Delhi in 1903 Was. VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India. ,
How this ceremonial sword displayed by Nizam Osman Ali Khan was later acquired by his prime minister, Maharaja Kishan Prasad, remains a mystery. It is generally speculated that the Maharaja may have presented the sword to Sir Archibald Hunter, the General Commanding Officer of the Southern Army.
SJM director A. Nagendra Reddy says, “The Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad is the perfect repository for swords as the artefacts are from this region.” It is unknown whether the serpent-sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad will be displayed there.
Such ceremonial swords symbolize the power and military prowess of the princely state of Hyderabad. It also indicates the presence of a ruler if it is being placed on the throne. It is also used in royal wedding ceremonies, to celebrate the ‘nikah’ ceremony in the ‘ladies’ room to make their presence felt in the absence of the groom, says historian Sajjad Shahid, a Hyderabad-based historian of architecture, patron, and columnist.
“The sword follows the Mughal tradition of inlaid-edged weapons, although the hilt form is heavily influenced by Persian swords. The construction and design are typical of the princely state of Hyderabad, where lavishly decorated swords were popular until the late nineteenth century. was,’ he said.