Matching Ottoman Kiliç (Kilij) Saber and Khanjar Dagger
- Dated: mid-19th century
- Measurements: overall length of the sword 93.2 cm, blade 67.3 cm. Overall length of the dagger 36.4 cm, blade 20.5 cm
Made out of gilt copper, the hilt comes with the characteristic lobed pommel, while the guard with downturned quillons. The scabbard is slotted to allow the broad blade to enter, and is covered entirely with corals and turquoises. The blade with a distinctive T-back spine develops to a long yelman or backedge.
There is gold inlaid arches at either side of the forte, with a circular cartouche inlaid in gold on the right with ‘ALLAH,’ and an Arabic inscription running the length of the spine to the beginning of the yelman. On the left can be seen a Suleiman’s seal inlaid in gold containing a short inscription, with a short running vine inlaid in gold at the spine as well.
The gilded copper scabbard mounted en suite with the hilt is covered entirely with turquoises and corals, the reverse finely embossed and chased with flowering vines overall. The blade of the dagger is lightly-curved and double edged, with gold inlay to the forte at either side and traces of a wootz damascus steel pattern.
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Northern India and Persia (Iran) . Safavid period, c. 1587 – c. 1629
Steel, silver, gold, enamel, velvet, silk
Full length: 93 cm; blade length: 81 cm
This piece, dated to the 17th century, displays a blade of Persian make, in watered steel and of single blade. On one side, it displaus engraved cartouches inlayed in gold with two inscriptions: on the larger one Bandeye Shah Velaytat Abbas “the slave representative (of the King), of the kingdom, Abbas”. According to the interpretation of the specialist Manoucherhr Moshtagh Khorasani, the expression “King of the kingdom” refers to Hazrat Ali, the first Iman (religious authority) of Shi’ite Islam. In the second inscription, Amal-e Ali Kaneb “The work of Ali”.
The hilt is in silver and contains a decoration of enamelled floral and geometric motifs (minakari) in “cloisonné”, encompassing the pommel and the guards, in blue and green, in the style of the work made in Northern India, in Lucknow.
The wooden sheath, lined in blue velvet, is of later date.
From the Anthony C. Tirri collection.