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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 206

    A SAFAVID SWORD (SHAMSHIR)

    BLADE IRAN 17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY, HILT INDIAN 19TH CENTURY

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    A SAFAVID SWORD (SHAMSHIR)
    BLADE IRAN 17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY, HILT INDIAN 19TH CENTURY
    The curving single edged tapering blade watered with the "prophet's ladder" pattern, three cartouches on one side inlaid in gold with religious invocations, a later inscription inlaid in gold along the side of the spine in the name of Mir Muhammad Khan Talpur, the Indian tulwar hilt overlaid in gold with dense floral designs, velvet-covered wooden sheath
    36in. (91.5cm.) long


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    The three inscriptions read:
    nasr min Allah wa fath qarib
    'aliye al-salam murad ya 'Ali
    Ya Muhammad, Ya 'Ali

    The later inscription along the spine contains an invocation to the Imam Husayn, followed by the name of the owner, Mir Muhammad Khan Talpur. There are a number of members of the Talpur family who ruled Sindh with this name, Mir Muhammad Khan, so it is difficult to be sure which of these it was. The Talpur family belong to the Baluchi tribes and are mentioned as officers and ministers of the Kalhora kings of Sindh who they eventually overthrew. The first king, Fath'ali Khan (d. 1217/1802) was one of the four brothers. After his death, Ghulam'ali (d.1227/1811), Karam'ali Khan (d.1244/1828) and Murad'ali (d.1249/1833) became the rulers. They became renowned for their appreciation of art, notable manuscripts and weapons, many of which have appeared on the market and are in public and private collections.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Dr. Leo S. Figiel, sold Butterfield's, San Francisco, 24 August 1998 to the present owner.


    Literature

    Leo S. Figiel M.D., On Damascus Steel, New York, 1991, no.PS7, pp.52-53.