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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,520
Posted By kwiatek
On the blade is a famous couplet from the...

On the blade is a famous couplet from the Gulistan of Sa'di:

غرض نقشیست کز ما باز ماند
که هستی را نمی بینم بقایی

"The aim of this design is that it should outlive us,
For I see no permanence...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 05:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,924
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription in the cartouche contains the...

The inscription in the cartouche contains the name 'Ali
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 05:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,065
Posted By kwiatek
The photo of Side A is not so clear, but it looks...

The photo of Side A is not so clear, but it looks like the shahada, the profession of faith - "There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God"

Side B is Qur'an 48:1 - "Indeed We have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2022, 03:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,099
Posted By kwiatek
It is something like سلاح نافع للعدو دافع ...

It is something like

سلاح نافع للعدو دافع

"A useful weapon, it repels the enemy"

There is an extra letter in it I cannot make sense of, someone else may be able to do better
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,504
Posted By kwiatek
Just to complete the reading already given of the...

Just to complete the reading already given of the Nadi 'Ali quatrain as it is found on this piece:

SIDE A

ناد علیا مظیر العجائب
تجده عونا لك في النوائب

SIDE B

كل هم وغم سينجلي بعمظمتك يا...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,442
Posted By kwiatek
This is a slightly garbled version of the...

This is a slightly garbled version of the well-known Turkish couplet

Bu bıçağın darbından cümle düşman tarumar,
İntikam alır ‘aduvdan sanki Zülfikâr

“From this knife’s blow the entire enemy is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,943
Posted By kwiatek
Inside the tughra it says in Turkish sahib...

Inside the tughra it says in Turkish

sahib ahmed ‘amel-i hüseyin kalfa

“The owner Ahmed, work of Hüseyin Kalfa”

The tughra form itself might be the word malik, another word for “owner”
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,621
Posted By kwiatek
Along the bottom is Qur'an 48:1 followed by...

Along the bottom is Qur'an 48:1 followed by something else that is too worn to read. Better photos might yield results. At the beginning is what looks like 2021, which as you say might be the date...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,661
Posted By kwiatek
A more literal translation of this Turkish...

A more literal translation of this Turkish couplet is

“The entire enemy are scattered at this knife’s blow,
It takes revenge on the enemy like Zülfikar.”


zarbından bu bıçağın cümle düşman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,509
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription is not clear, words run into each...

The inscription is not clear, words run into each other etc. and it is incomplete.

The style of the inscription goes back to the Mamluks, though this does not necessarily mean that it is that old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,723
Posted By kwiatek
Muhammad Ja’far is a very common name in many...

Muhammad Ja’far is a very common name in many places and there is no indication this is meant to be the maker rather than the owner
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,723
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure! Yes, I think is is the owner's name

Pleasure! Yes, I think is is the owner's name
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,439
Posted By kwiatek
I am far from sure, but I think this is, slightly...

I am far from sure, but I think this is, slightly misspelled,

ارجع لحولك

irja' li-hawlaka

This is the name of a popular song in the Yemen. These pieces seem to be mostly inscribed with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,046
Posted By kwiatek
I cannot make a lot out of it, what is legible...

I cannot make a lot out of it, what is legible appears to be the usual stuff such as Qur'an 48:1. There is also a maker's inscription

عمل ابر[ا]هيم

'Work of Ibrahim'
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,245
Posted By kwiatek
It looks like الله شام محمد روفان ١١٨٧...

It looks like

الله
شام محمد
روفان
١١٨٧

'God. Syria(Damascus), Muhammad Rufan(?). 1187'

It does not look old
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,664
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are the Ayat al-Kursi, or the...

The inscriptions are the Ayat al-Kursi, or the Throne Verse, which is Qur'an 2:255, perhaps the most frequently inscribed Qur'aicn verse. There is also an Arabic prayer beginning "O God, we ask you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,967
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are in Arabic. The first is...

The inscriptions are in Arabic.

The first is

ان فتحنا[لك] فتحا مبينا

'Indeed We have granted you a clear conquest' (Qur'an 48:1)

The second is the shahada or profession of faith
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,723
Posted By kwiatek
It says Muhammad Ja'far 1213 (1798-9 AD)

It says

Muhammad Ja'far 1213 (1798-9 AD)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 01:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,215
Posted By kwiatek
Nice inscription too. They are Arabic verses from...

Nice inscription too. They are Arabic verses from al-Busiri‘s Qasidat al-Burda (Ode of the Mantle), which are common on kaskaras

SIDE A

ومن تكن برسول الله نصرته إن تلقه الأسد فى آجامها تجم
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,533
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription at the muzzle is part of Qur'an...

The inscription at the muzzle is part of Qur'an 8:17

وما رميت اذ رميت ولاكن (كذا) الله رمى

"And it was not you who threw when you threw, but rather it was God who threw"

The verse is about...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd July 2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,391
Posted By kwiatek
The first is a nice Greek Ottoman seal نقوله...

The first is a nice Greek Ottoman seal

نقوله بنده (؟) ولد دمترى

“Nikola Bende (?), son of Dimitri”

The second one, apart from the date of 1272, does not read in any of Arabic, Persian or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,099
Posted By kwiatek
Side A In the large cartouche, in two lines,...

Side A

In the large cartouche, in two lines, a Turkish couplet

Olunca düşman-ı küffar nümayan
Yararım sinesini ya lutf-ı yezdan

“When the infidel enemy appears
I cleave his breast, O God’s...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By kwiatek
It says ‘Aziz al-Din Haji Ilyas Shah,...

It says

‘Aziz al-Din Haji Ilyas Shah, Bombay, Lahore, Kashmir

:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,712
Posted By kwiatek
I cannot make sense of this as Arabic or Persian,...

I cannot make sense of this as Arabic or Persian, though there are Arabic/Persian words in it. The first words look like

عمل شاه محمود

'amal-i shah mahmud

'Work of Shah Mahmud'

and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,793
Posted By kwiatek
Sorry for long delay in replying. This is a...

Sorry for long delay in replying. This is a variation on a very common inscription on yataghans. It has one spelling mistake

بچاق الده سرک [گرک] دلده یا سبحان سنه ۱۲۱۱

bıçak elde gerek dilde ya...
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