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Antique 1800's Banochie Khyber Pass Afghanistan 13" Stamped Blade Brass and Camel Bone Folding Lohar Axe

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Antique 1800's Banochie Khyber Pass Afghanistan 13" Stamped Blade Brass and Camel Bone Folding Lohar Axe

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  • Overall Length:  13"
  • Blade Length:  6"
  • Handle Length: 5 1/4"
  • Closed Length:  8 1/2"
The Bannuchi were an Afghan tribe who were situated in Bannu, Northwest Frontier Province (Derajat Division) along with several other Pathan tribes near the Khyber Pass. The term 'lohar' refers to an Indo-Aryan language or dialect but more importantly the term refers to a community of itinerant blacksmiths of these regions and their pick like creations.  There is a strong similarity of these axes to the 'zaghnal' war axes of India, and may possibibly be interpretations of those war axes of India. Similarities also exist to the crow or raven head type throwing knives of Africa, similarly hafted weapons.  The lohar may have been created for fighting, replacing the sword among the Khyber tribes that use them.  It is possible that the Lohars were used with great effect against the British cavalry units during the early Afghan wars. The lohar is also a status symbol, manufactured by the owner to illustrate craftsmanship and quality in materials and decorations.  Each man makes his own and has his own individual decoration patterns, although many are similar. The grips and brass works can be decorated in a distinctive Afghan style with inlaid brass, silver, dye coloration as well as brass and silver embellishments laminated onto the steel. The birdseye talisman is the most often used design motif.  The folding Lohar version was intended for concealment.  Although they can be very old, the mechanisms work smoothly to open and lock the blade.  There is much speculation on the daily use or weapon status of this artefact but the communal status symbol of each piece is obvious in the international use of tools and weaponry.

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