SMI 8: Guru Nanak Avatars Sword Date: C. 1820-1840. Original Location: Lahore, Pakistan Present Location: Sukhbinder Singh Paul Family Collection, UK.
Nineteenth Century (Circa 1840-1850) Sword from Lahore
featuring the Avatars of the Hindu deity-Vishnu and a cartouche panel of Guru
Nanak Dev Ji. Complete with its green velvet scabbard (mian).
Constructed of Wootz iron and decorated in gold Koftgari
borders. The tendril design on the hilt is a typical Sikh feature often found
on Bazu Bands (arm guards) and helmets of the Sikh Raj period. Deeply
chiselled in high relief this Darbar or ceremonial sword is finely crafted and
may possibly be a one-off commission to a high-ranking Sikh of the Court
Guru Nanak is the first of Ten Guru’s in the religion of the Sikhs, however, due to his universal appeal he was considered a deity in other faiths including the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Apart from depictions of Guru Nanak on depicted on arms and armour from the eighteenth century. Images of Guru Nanak also appear in manuscripts and frescoes.
The depiction of Guru Nanak is extremely rare and is one of several in existence. One being in the Royal Collection Trust, other in the Wallace Collection and the other held in the Golden Temple Museum, Amritsar.