Important and Rare 19th C. Persian Carved Dagger Qama Sword by listed artist Mohammad Ali (ID: ia812)
Important and Rare 19th C. Persian Carved Dagger Qama Sword by listed artist Mohammad Ali
|( ID: ia812 )|
A very important 19th C. Persian sword.
The hilt of this sword is signed by a renowned Persian sculptor who is listed in Mayer "Islamic Armourers and Their Works" and who has two daggers currently in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hilt is signed "The Worthless Muhammad Ali" and dated to 1838. The method of signing in this manner was to prostrate oneself before G-d, similar to the way the most skilled rug weavers would purposefully introduce a flaw into the weaving.
The daggers in the Victoria and Albert both display carvings of figures, and one has very similar double European figures.
However what separates those examples from this one is the decidely non-Persian and very Ottoman design on the obverse side of the carving with human figures. The floral designs and the bird are old Ottoman motifs more commonly seen on 16th century Ottoman dagger hilt. The effect of the carving to use the darker color inside thrust against the lighter color outside makes for a truly beautiful and sculptural effect.
The blade is very fine as well, etched with Farsi script throughout of and with figures at the ricasso. Entirely likely a princely or royal sword.
Overall length is 25".