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A2751 Symbolic sword (Zulfiqar), the sword of Imam Ali, metal, probably India under the patronage of a Persian Shia patron, 1750-1800. Click to enlarge.

Symbolic sword (Zulfiqar) شمشیر نمادین: ذوالفقار

Probably made
This unique late 18th century double-edged sword, widely known as Zulfiqar, the famous sword of the first Shiite Imam, Ali ibn-Abi Talib (601-661), is one of the most significant and precious objects in the Museum’s Persian collection.

This Shiite sword was handcrafted, probably under the patronage of a Qajar family, by one of the master sword makers (shamshirsaz) of India, known for this type of sword (talwar) production since the 11th century. The function of this sword was entirely …

Summary

Object No.

A2751

Object Statement

Symbolic sword (Zulfiqar), the sword of Imam Ali, metal, probably India under the patronage of a Persian Shia patron, 1750-1800

Physical Description


This unique late 18th century double-edged sword, widely known as Zulfiqar, the famous sword of the first Shiite Imam, Ali ibn-Abi Talib (601-661), is one of the most significant and precious objects in the Museum’s Persian collection.

Dimensions

Depth

110 mm

Production

Probably made

Notes

This Shiite sword was handcrafted, probably under the patronage of a Qajar family, by one of the master sword makers (shamshirsaz) of India, known for this type of sword (talwar) production since the 11th century. The function of this sword was entirely symbolic and it was never used as a weapon during times of war.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1928

Acquisition Date

21 September 1928

Cite this Object

Harvard

Symbolic sword (Zulfiqar) شمشیر نمادین: ذوالفقار 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 May 2022, <https://ma.as/175741>

Wikipedia

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