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H7905 Sword (<i>shamshir</i>), steel / rolled gold / walrus ivory, probably Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s. Click to enlarge.

Sword (shamshir) شمشیر

Made
This curved wedge-shaped blade (shamshir) is one of two (H4099) fine handmade swords from early 19th century Persia (Iran) in the Powerhouse collection. As an object used for ceremony and performance, it was probably made by a master sword maker (Shamshirsaz) from the city of Isfahan during the Qajar era.

The sword's handle slabs are made of walrus ivory and the spatulated quillons, cross-guard (bolchaq) and pommel cap (kolahak) are made of steel, decorated with engraved gold-overlay floral …

Summary

Object No.

H7905

Object Statement

Sword (shamshir), steel / rolled gold / walrus ivory, probably Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1800s

Physical Description

Handmade, curved, wedge-shaped blade. The handle slabs are made of walrus ivory and the spatulated quillons, cross-guard (bolchaq) and pommel cap (kolahak) are made of steel, decorated with engraved gold-overlay floral motifs. The underside features two embedded gold-inlaid cartouches.

Dimensions

Height

25 mm

Depth

170 mm

Production

Made

Notes

This object was produced during the Qajar era (1789-1925).

Source

Credit Line

Gift of H Banning, 1966

Acquisition Date

23 March 1966

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sword (shamshir) شمشیر 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/249423>

Wikipedia

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