Sword (Kilij) with Scabbard

Steel, wood, turquoise, coral, emerald, gold | 90.2cm | 19th century

Unknown Artist

The inscriptions on the sword invoke Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and ‘Ali. The stones adorning the hilt and scabbard of the sword have talismanic significance. According to scholar Al-Biruni’s eleventh-century manuscript Kitab al- Jamahir (Book of P...
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