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Sword - Abbasi talwar

Abbasi talwar

  • Object:

    Sword

  • Place of origin:

    Udaipur (hilt, made)
    Sind (blade possibly, made)
    Iran (blade possibly, made)

  • Date:

    18th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ali Muhammad Shirazi (maker)
    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Crucible forged steel blade with an iron hilt incised and inlaid with gold kuftkari

  • Museum number:

    3328(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 9E

Physical description

Watered steel blade, inlaid with numerous inscriptions in cartouches along the blade with a hilt decorated with delicate floral arabesques.

Place of Origin

Udaipur (hilt, made)
Sind (blade possibly, made)
Iran (blade possibly, made)

Date

18th Century (made)

Artist/maker

Ali Muhammad Shirazi (maker)
Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Crucible forged steel blade with an iron hilt incised and inlaid with gold kuftkari

Dimensions

Length: 94.5 cm, Depth: 15 cm of blade curvature

Descriptive line

Abbasi talwar with watered steel blade, decorated with incised and inscribed ornament in gold kuftkari; blade, Sind or Iran; hilt, Udaipur, Rajasthan; 18th Century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 110, Cat. No. 401
Anthony North, An Introduction to Islamic Arms, London 1985, fig. 30b, p.34

Labels and date

14 Sword
Iran or Sind
1700-1800

The swordmakers of Safavid Iran had great prestige, which outlived the dynasty's loss of power in 1722. This blade resembles Safavid examples, and the name of its maker, Ali Muhammad Shirazi, is of Iranian origin. But other inscriptions show it belonged to the Talpur rulers of Sind, now in Pakistan. They were at the height of their power between 1783 and 1843.

Watered steel and gold; iron with gold inlay

Museum no. 3328(IS) [30.06.2011]

Production Note

Assigned M.89-1949 on Transfer to Metalwork Department, but number never initiated. Originally with a green velvet sheath with pierced gold mounts

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Koftgari

Categories

Arms & Armour; Islam

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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