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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 01:18 AM
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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: 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: 1,011
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: 2,019
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: 1,083
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: 2,265
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: 1,668
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...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
Posted By kwiatek
It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13,...

It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13, "Help from God and a speedy victory". This is followed by the opening lines of the Dala'il al-Khayrat, a collection of prayers in praise of the Prophet...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,863
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are عمل محرم 'Work of...

The inscriptions are

عمل محرم

'Work of Muharram (Muharrem in Turkish spelling)"

صاحب محمود پاشا سنه ١١٨٢

"The owner Mahmud Pasha. Year 1182 (1768-9)"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,393
Posted By kwiatek
An owner's inscription: sahib mehmed ağa ...

An owner's inscription:

sahib mehmed ağa
tawakkaltu 'ala allah 1243

"The owner Mehmed Ağa.
I put my trust in God. 1243 (1827-8)"

Verses in cartouches
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,742
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure. Yes, it is a six-pointed star of...

Pleasure.

Yes, it is a six-pointed star of course, not five as I wrote. As far as I remember it is normally associated with the Seal of Suleyman (Solomon)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,742
Posted By kwiatek
The upper inscription is the ubiquitous لا...

The upper inscription is the ubiquitous

لا فتا (فتى) الا علي لا سيف الا ذ[و] الفقار

“There is no hero but ‘Ali, no sword but Dhu’l-Fiqar”

The lower, long inscription is Qur’an 48:1-4

In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By kwiatek
It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very...

It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very strangely, as you point out
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,443
Posted By kwiatek
“General Cunningham” :-)

“General Cunningham”

:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2021, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,660
Posted By kwiatek
The Turkish inscription says: Ustası Giridli...

The Turkish inscription says:

Ustası Giridli Selim [1]322

“Its maker, Selim from Crete. [1]322 (1904-5 AD)“
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By kwiatek
Thank you for sharing photos and to all of you...

Thank you for sharing photos and to all of you for your knowledge. That is what is nice about forums like this one
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By kwiatek
This inscription looks genuine to me. Other...

This inscription looks genuine to me. Other members of the forum will be able to give technical information that I cannot about the lock etc and whether all of the parts belong together. If it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By kwiatek
And I should add, it's Persian, not Arabic

And I should add, it's Persian, not Arabic
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription is of a type associated with the...

The inscription is of a type associated with the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Nizam 'Ali Khan Asaf Jah II (d. 1803). I have only ever seen these on Char Aina, but yours is the same style of inscription....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,272
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription on the barrel says ستة ٢٨٢ ...

The inscription on the barrel says

ستة ٢٨٢

“Year (1)282” which is equivalent to 1865-6

The other inscription is more tricky. I think it says

عمل ساسي
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,562
Posted By kwiatek
Very interesting piece. I don’t think it’s a...

Very interesting piece. I don’t think it’s a date. It looks like, with a slightly strange spelling

الحافظا الله

“The Protector is God”

You would instead expect it to be

فالله خیر حافظا
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,743
Posted By kwiatek
Thanks for posting these. Interesting pieces. I...

Thanks for posting these. Interesting pieces. I would read them as you have done and give a reading for one of the names:

1334 AH (1915-16)
Work of Lutf (Latif?), owner ‘Ali Muhammad Vali Oghli...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,386
Posted By kwiatek
I think I answered this before but perhaps it...

I think I answered this before but perhaps it wasn’t clear. This isn’t a royal tughra, it’s an owner’s inscription in tughra form, which is quite common

صاحب حسین

“The owner, Husayn”

There...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
Posted By kwiatek
I may be barking up the wrong tree, but is that...

I may be barking up the wrong tree, but is that not a very small trisula in the point of the cartouche? I wonder if this is not a hybrid stamp made by a Hindu artisan/for a Hindu patron but inspired...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
Posted By kwiatek
I think this contains a form of the ubiquitous...

I think this contains a form of the ubiquitous legend

banda-yi shah-i vilayat ...

'Slave of the King of Trusteeship (i.e. 'Ali)', found in association with the name of one of the Safavid...
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