A LARGE WATERED-STEEL AND GOLD-INLAID DAGGER (KARD) WITH MARINE-IVORY HILT, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
the hilt with two marine-ivory grips, with gold-inlaid grip-strap featuring floral cartouches, the tapering watered-steel blade with flat back edge and gold-inlaid floral decoration at forte, swollen armour-piercing tip
The marine ivory grips with characteristic discoloration, some of original pins missing and some with green oxidisation, some ware along edges and abrasion, the mounts and blade with minor patches of oxidisation, sections of gold inlay missing and rubbed, as viewed.
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The beautiful gold work on the blade of this kard is a fine example of 'Aftabi' decoration in which a thin sheet of gold is applied on the blade, forming a fine foliate design, for a comparable, see Hales 2013, p. 91, no. 210.