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.

Kilij Sword

  • Dated: sword - 19th century; blade - circa 1576 – 1625
  • Culture: Ottoman, Turkey
  • Medium: steel, gold, silver, rhinoceros horn, wood, shagreen leather, iron
  • Measurements: full length: 94,5cm; blade length: 80cm

This piece, made in the 19th century, incorporates an older blade which probably dates from the late 16th to early 17th centuries, its careful manufacture and decorative construction being suggestive of Persian swords. Both sides are filled with cartouches and reserves with inscriptions and vegetal elements, engraved and encrusted in gold.

The hilt, in the characteristic shape of a pistol handgrip, is sculpted out of rhinoceros horn and displays a cruciform hand-guard, made of engraved and chiselled silver with geometric and vegetable motifs.

The scabbard, made of wood, is covered in shagreen leather, sewn with silver thread. Silver mounts, stamped with the Tughra or official monogram of the ruler, probably the Sultan Abdull Meijid (1839-1861). Iron tip, decorated in gold with a depiction of an anchor in its extremity.

Source & Copyright: Caravana Collection 

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