A similar sword sold in these rooms, 18 October 2001, lot 163.
On one side: Couplets in praise of the sword and the ruler and a prayer
On the other side: The shahada; magic square and a magic roundel; a couplet and:
'al-Sultan 'Ali Dinar ibn al-Sultan Zakariya bin al-Sultan Muhammad al-Fadl ibn al-Sultan 'Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid, 1316 AH/1898-9 AD' followed by text in praise of the ruler and his ancestors. There is also: 'It was transferred from you to his (sic) son 'Abd al-Qadir'.
At the end of one quillon: 'al-Sultan 'Ali Dinar ibn al-Sultan Zakariya 1320 AH/1902-03 AD'. This is similar to the one in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, except that it is in positive.
At the end of the other quillon, in tughra and in negative: 'Ali Dinar' suggested as a seal 'Ali Dinar may have used on his campaigns.
For his biography and his other swords (one is the same in both publication), see, D. Alexander, The Art of War, N. D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol.XXI, London, 1992, cat.no.144 and Howard Ricketts, Splendeur des Armes Orientales, 1988, pp.145, 151 and 204, nos.256 and 257.
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