Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, chair Model 90, 1929. Hand-forged steel, hemp. Metal work: Joseph Müller, made by Berliner Metallgewerbe, Germany. Via Cooper Hewitt
- 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
- 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: 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.