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Dagger Blade, Etched with Arabesques and Arabic

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This dagger blade is etched with an intricate vegetal scroll motif and inscribed in Arabic with a verse from the Quran: “And what is my prosperity save through God?” (Quran 11:88). Furthermore, a name or a nisba appears close to the handle “Shah Wilayat the slave (follower) of Husayn Sultan” (bandah shah wilayat Husayn sultan), and may be linked to the Safavid ruler Shah Sultan-Husayn (r. 1694-1722). Similar inscriptions appear on earlier Safavid seals (see Encyclopedia of Islam “khatam”).
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Stuart Cary Welch Jr. Warner New Hampshire (by 1999-2008) by inheritance; to Edith I. Welch Warner New Hampshire (2008-2011) gift; to Harvard Art Museums 2011. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum The Stuart Cary Welch Collection Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Title: Dagger Blade, Etched with Arabesques and Arabic
Description:
This dagger blade is etched with an intricate vegetal scroll motif and inscribed in Arabic with a verse from the Quran: “And what is my prosperity save through God?” (Quran 11:88).
Furthermore, a name or a nisba appears close to the handle “Shah Wilayat the slave (follower) of Husayn Sultan” (bandah shah wilayat Husayn sultan), and may be linked to the Safavid ruler Shah Sultan-Husayn (r.
1694-1722).
Similar inscriptions appear on earlier Safavid seals (see Encyclopedia of Islam “khatam”).

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