Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Fine Turkish Qama or Kindjal with Silver and Niello Decoration

A magnificent example of a large Kindjal or Qama shortsword from Turkey, most likely the Trabzon region on the North Black Sea coast. The rugged shortsword of this area is typified by this extremely fine quality kindjal, the large silver mounts are exquisitely engraved and decorated with inlaid niello work, showing the close connection this region had with the art styles found on Caucasian weapons, the kindjals, pistols and swords.

Large kindjals of this type with strongly angular hilts are often found with the lower mounts or chape made of plain iron to protect the sword blade within, this example has a large silver chape decorated en suite which is more unusual to find. Both sides of the hilt have large silver shaped rivets of different styles to each face, the grip is wrapped with silver wire, the hilt tightly fitting into the silver upper mount of the sheath.

One side of the sheath has a large motif inlaid in niello with a trophy of arms above which is a tughra marking of the Ottoman Sultan. The centra section of the sheath originally of fine velvet now worn almost smooth from age. The large wide steel blade is magnificently made with multiple fullers with panels of floral engraving, one side deeply inlaid in gold with a calligraphic makers mark to it. A most beautiful example dating to the 19th century.

Source: Ashoka Arts

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