Knife

late 18th century (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Watered steel knife blade with an armour piercing tip and 'Muhammad's ladder' forged decoration, chiseled and inlaid with gold, the blade inlaid with the name of the maker 'Ali Akbar', walrus ivory hilt


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Crucible forged steel, chiseled and gold damascened
Brief Description
Middle East, Metalwork. Watered steel blade with an armour piercing tip and 'Muhammad's ladder' forged decoration, chiselled and inlaid with gold, the blade inlaid with the name of the maker 'Ali Akbar', walrus ivory hilt, Iran, late 18th century. Arms and armour. Inter-departmental transfer to MES, RF 2011/1170.
Physical Description
Watered steel knife blade with an armour piercing tip and 'Muhammad's ladder' forged decoration, chiseled and inlaid with gold, the blade inlaid with the name of the maker 'Ali Akbar', walrus ivory hilt
Dimensions
  • Length: 39.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Ali Akbar' (Persian; inlaid)
Bibliographic References
  • Anthony North, An Introduction to Islamic Arms, London 1985, fig. 37a, p.39
  • L.A. Mayer, Islamic Armourers and Their Works, Geneva: Albert Kundig, 1962, p.23.
Collection
Accession Number
824-1893

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record createdDecember 5, 2002
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