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Sword (kilic)

Sword (kilic)



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Physical Description

The blade is Persian of shamshir form with a narrow fuller near the back on both sides, occupying the centre part of the blade only. The fuller is outlined in gold koftgari in both sides. On one side is a cartouch with the maker's name, a square of four numbers, three diagonal panels and a larger cartouche plus two small panels in the fuller, all containing text. The cross is gilded and cast with a central motif based on a rose with some details engraved. The grips are ivory and fitted with a military style sword-knot in silver bullion.

The scabbard is wood covered with black ray-skin in the centre with a large gilded chape and locket, decorated like the cross with embossed and engraved decoration based on roses. The suspension is by two encircling bands with hinged loops.


Dimensions: The length of the blade, measured from cross to tip is 784 mm, the overall length of the sword being 923 mm, the length of the scabbard being 805 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.815 kg, the weight of the scabbard being 0.540 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Signed Ismail ibn Asad Allah Isfahani, dated 1186 AH. The inscription is supposed to say: In the name of God, the benificent, the merciful, indeed we have made for you a manifest conquest so that God may forgive you the sins of the past and the present and that He may complete his favour on you and guide you on straight path. Other panels read: Help from God and speedy victory. Oh Mohammed give good tidings to the believers. Shah Hussein, Shah Suleman and Shah Abbas.


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This may be the same as Windsor no. NC.1788, see Mayer, Islaimic armourers, p. 44.