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Curved Swords In India Before The Talwar, 2nd Century BC, India
Chandraketugarh, Sunga Empire, 2nd Century BC, India
Curved swords show up in the three main successors of the Maurya Empire. Sungas, Kalingas, and Satavahanas. The design is spread a part in several directions in India. The backward curved swords probably goes back to the Mahajanapadas, but unfortunately for most of the Maurya and before the Maurya period art was constructed in wood. So nothing much survives.
This design begins to fade in art work after 1st century AD, but a unrelated design would of course be reintroduced by the Islamic C. Asian invasions into the subcontinent eventually forming the Talwar.
Below are examples from Sunga art in East India. I will post South East Kalingan and South-Deccan Satavahana saber examples as well.