Antique Islamic Indo Persian Dagger Jambiya
Exceptional 18th century Museum Quality Islamic Persian dagger Jambiya from the Qajar Dynasty. DETAILS: A wavy double-edged curved steel blade with a forte decorated on each side with chased in high relief panels with foliage. A waisted steel hilt of typical form chiseled with cartouches depicting busts of Persian Kings enclosed by perching birds among floral sprays. A solid steel scabbard decorated en suite with the hilt with magnificently hand chiseled and chased lobed cartouches containing on each face two busts of Persian nobles and a Deer doe on a floral and vegetal ground. REFERENCES: Some examples of similar daggers can be seen in most important world class museums and collections which are published in the following references: Islamic Metalwork in The Freer Gallery of Art 2) Edged weapons in the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography 3) Orientalishe Sammlung Henri Moser Charlottenfels. A similar dagger, but without the scabbard, is published in the Christie's catalogue of Islamic Art and Manuscripts, London 29 April 2003 at a price of £3,000-5,000 E 4,400-7300 and was sold for £5019. MEASUREMENTS: The overall length in the scabbard is 50 cm (19.7 inches). CONDITION: In good condition. Most of these types of daggers that are seen on the market are of lower quality from the 19th century with acid etched decoration instead of hand chiseled and chased as this one.
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