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A2751 Sword (<i>Zulfiqar</i>), the sword of Imam Ali, metal, probably India under the patronage of a Persian Shia patron, late 18th century. Click to enlarge.

Symbolic sword (Zulfiqar) شمشیر نمادین: ذوالفقار

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.

Shia symbols and calligraphies engraved, embedded and attached to the different parts of this sword indicate that it was probably made under the patronage of an important Persian devotee and made by a professional Indian sword maker. The function of this …

Summary

Object No.

A2751

Object Statement

Sword (Zulfiqar), the sword of Imam Ali, metal, probably India under the patronage of a Persian Shia patron, late 18th century

Physical Description

The blade is engraved on both sides with Shia symbols and calligraphies.

Dimensions

Depth

110 mm

Production

Made

Made

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1928

Acquisition Date

21 September 1928

Cite this Object

Harvard

Symbolic sword (Zulfiqar) شمشیر نمادین: ذوالفقار 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/175741>

Wikipedia

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