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A FINE LAPIS-LAZULI HILTED WATERED-STEEL DAGGER (KARD)
A FINE LAPIS-LAZULI HILTED WATERED-STEEL DAGGER (KARD)
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A FINE LAPIS-LAZULI HILTED WATERED-STEEL DAGGER (KARD)

SIGNED 'ABBAS GHULAM SHAH, AFSHARID OR ZAND IRAN, 18TH CENTURY

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A FINE LAPIS-LAZULI HILTED WATERED-STEEL DAGGER (KARD)
SIGNED 'ABBAS GHULAM SHAH, AFSHARID OR ZAND IRAN, 18TH CENTURY
Of typical form, the blade deeply engraved with calligraphic inscriptions within a foliated scrollwork, the forte with an elegant scrolling tendril forming palmettes, the hilt with lapis-lazuli grip, the spine gold-damascened with further scroollwork, very good condition
12 ¼in. (31cm.) long

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Ghulam 'Abbas Shah made a sword for Nadir Shah Afshar, the Iranian ruler of the Afsharid dynasty (r. 1736-47 AD), which sold at Christie's, 10 April 2014, lot 94. The quality of the present blade, forged and carved with calligraphic inscriptions and palmette scrolls certainly indicateS a princely commission.
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