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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 207

    A SAFAVID SWORD (SHAMSHIR)

    BLADE IRAN 17TH/18TH CENTURY, HILT INDIA, 19TH CENTURY

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    A SAFAVID SWORD (SHAMSHIR)
    BLADE IRAN 17TH/18TH CENTURY, HILT INDIA, 19TH CENTURY
    The gently curving single-edged steel blade with slightly extended spine near the tip, worked in finely watered steel, inlaid on one side with two inscription cartouches, one with the signature of the maker, Kalb 'Ali, the other with the name of the Sultan, Shah Tahmasp, the Indian parcel gilt tulwar hilt with knuckleguard terminating in a bird's head, worked in relief with pronounced leaves, green velvet covered wooden sheath
    37in. (94cm.) long


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    The inscriptions read: "'Amal kalb 'Ali" and "bande-i shah wilayat Tahmasp".

    The second inscription probably refers to Shah Tahmasp II, the last of the Safavid rulers who reigned 1722-1731. For a discussion on the blades signed by Kalb 'Ali and suggested explanations please see Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani, Arms and Armour from Iran, Tübingen, 2006, pp.163-167.

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    Provenance

    Dr. Leo Figiel Collection, 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.PS6, pp.50-51.