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Originating in present-day Afghanistan, the pulouar is a saber that is mostly associated with the Pashtuns.

Stylistically it holds the middle between Persian sabers, most notably the quillons, while the bulged grip and disc pommel remind of similar features on Indian talwar hilts.

The blades, in turn, vary from Persian to Indian style but also often exhibit Eastern European features.


Afghan pulouarA very fine Afghan pulouar


Afghan police in Kabul

Afghan police in Kabul, photo by John Burke, 1879.
Source: The British Library

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With forge folded, overlaid blade.


An exceedingly rare set with fine mother of pearl inlaid string board


In excavated condition, with copper alloy hilt.


With forward swept iron guard and swollen grip.


With a rare single-edged blade with tight fullering.