Antique Indo Persian Islamic Shia Muslim Sword with Arabic Calligraphy
Antique 19th century Indo Persian, Islamic, Shia Muslim ceremonial all-steel sword in the form of a straight, double-edged medieval Islamic sword.
The entire broad blade is superbly etched on its two faces with Arabic calligraphy, possibly verses from the Qur'an, a serpent, and the figure of the mythological demon "Div" (دیو).
The hilt with an elaborate pommel with an integral cross guard with down curving quillons in the shape of stylized mythical dragon heads and a pair of langets with silver koftgari work (now mostly gone).
The blade is extremely flexible since it is 2.23 mm thick.
These types of 19th-century swords were made purely for ceremonial use in parades as well as in religious ceremonies, particularly during the procession of the holy day of Ashura, which is the tenth day of the "mourning month" of Muharram, when Shi'ite Muslims remember the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.
Overall length: 93 cm (36. 6 inches).
Length of the blade:78 cm (30.7 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 4.3 cm (1.5 inches).
The thickness of the blade spine: 2.23 mm (0.35 inches).
Showing age and usage, the silver inlaid on the hilt is worn out from use, and the blade is slightly bent.
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