- Dated: 9th/10th century
- Measurements: overall length 94.5 cm. Blade length 79.4 cm
Presented in conserved excavated condition with patina characteristic of a river find, the sword has a broad flat blade tapering slightly over its upper third, formed with a short blunt point. The central part of the blade surface is showing distinct pattern-welded horizontal patterns formed in three vertical parallel lines over the greater part of the blade length, both “herringbone” and wavy linear.
The edges and the area immediately below the point are forming a frame forged in a less distinct pattern of vertical irregular wavy lines, fitted with pommel of two-part construction. The lower piece is elliptical with horizontal medial ridge, while the upper part is thinner in section, both sides being vertically segmented by two shallow recessed panels bordered by a series of very narrow ridges and a pair matching narrow flutes. Together they are forming a lobated upper edge, but the crosspiece is a modern reconstruction “aged” to match.
For a detailed study of swords from German collections dating from the 8th-12th centuries and for their categorisation, see Alfred Geibig, “Beiträge zur morphologischen Entwicklung des Schwertes im Mittelalter”, in Offa-Bücher. Band 71, Neumünster 1991. The pommel on the presented sword is classified by Geibig as Kombinationstyp 3 (see pp. 33-36, fig. 4.)
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- Dated: early 17th century
- Culture: German
- Measurements: overall length 123 cm
The sword has a long, straight, double-edged blade, with a central fuller with a slightly visible inscription at the forte. It features a fine, iron hilt with lower side ring, two shell-shaped valves and another valve at the front pierced with a flower. The “S”-shaped quillon has two-loop guard, creating a cage at the rear part. The massive, oval pommel has a large closing button, wooden grip with iron wire binding and a moor’s heads.
- Dated: 19th century
- Culture: Persian
- Measurements: overall length: 36.5 inches (925mm). Blade length: 30 inches (765mm)
This Persian straight sword is known as a ‘Revival sword’, due to the fact this type of sword reviving the use of 15th Century style Islamic straight swords.
The example is larger than most, with a blade forged from Wootz Damascus, with a central panel on each side containing intricately chiselled Quaranic verses. The forte chiselled with Qajar style animal scenes.
Both sides gold inlaid in Persian ‘Sultan (Al) Sultan Akbar Shah’, attributing the sword to the reign of Persian King, Nasr al Din Shah (1848-1896). The hilt of stylistic form, with drooping monster head quillions, and etched quaranic cartouches.
- The concept of “Islamic weaponry” features this unique example of that category, known among collectors as the “Persian revival sword”.
- Confusion arises largely from categories (such as “Islamic”) imposed by writers without proper understanding of the sword’s form, function, and historical context.
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- Dated: 18th century
- Maker: unknown
- Culture: Jaipur, India and Isphahan, Iran
- Medium: gold, table-diamonds, walrus-ivory, cabachon rubies, watered steel, wood, leather, enamel and stone, enamelled
- Measurements: blade length: 95.2 cm
Have you ever gotten the feeling where you can’t wait to have a genuine conversation where you explore another person’s mind as he/she explores yours? I wish I felt like that about prayer.