• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 255

    AN OTTOMAN SWORD (YATAGHAN)

    SIGNED ABU AL-HAJJ, OTTOMAN TURKEY, BLADE DATED AH (1)123?/1711-12? AD

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    AN OTTOMAN SWORD (YATAGHAN)
    SIGNED ABU AL-HAJJ, OTTOMAN TURKEY, BLADE DATED AH (1)123?/1711-12? AD
    With single-edged slightly curved blade, decorated with extensive gold damascening, one side with a large calligraphic cartouche inscribed with a Turkish quatrain in naskh centered around a circular calligraphic composition and issuing fan-shaped palmettes, further inscription in Persian and Arabic, signed and dated, the other side with a long spray of palmettes originating in a medallion inscribed tawakkaltu 'ala Allah (I put my trust in God), inscribed with the owner's name 'Umar, the silver hilt of typical form with split flaring pommel and a long cusped cross-guard, with cornelian insets and silver filigree, the hilt a replacement, the silver scabbard with finely engraved floral arabesques, the chape a dragon head, the locket associated, patches of corrosion, gilding rubbed
    Blade 22¾in. (57.5cm.) long


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