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A Qajar ivory-hilted dagger, signed Ameli Muhammed Hady, Persia, dated A.H. 1218/A.D. 1803
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216
A Qajar ivory-hilted dagger, signed Ameli Muhammed Hady, Persia, dated A.H. 1218/A.D. 1803
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Qajar ivory-hilted dagger, signed Ameli Muhammed Hady, Persia, dated A.H. 1218/A.D. 1803
the blade with raised central ridge, engraved with a large palmette at the forte on both sides with gold-inlaid inscription, the ivory hilt carved with the maker's name within a central cartouche on one side and on the other a woman on one knee carved in high relief against a vegetal ground with inscriptions in two rectangular panels above and below, the black leather scabbard with embossed palmette decoration
35.3cm.
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Catalogue Note

inscriptions

On the blade in nasta'liq
'Work of Muhammad Hadi the year 1218 (1803-04)'

Other works by Muhamad Hadi are:
a dagger in the V & A dated 1217 (1802-03);
a knife dated 1214 (1799-1800) and a short sword with an ivory handle commissioned by a Qajar official for Prince Muhammad depicting the Prince and dated 1215 (1800-01) (M.A. Karimzadeh Tabrizi, The Lives & Arts of Old Painters of Iran, vol.3, London, 1991, footnote on p.1102).

On the handle: 
A Persian couplet, describing the dagger in the palm of an unnamed Prince like the crescent Moon in the hand of the Sun.

The handle is signed as: 
'Work of 'Ali Afshar'

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