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Old 1st February 2021, 09:29 AM   #1
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Can someone explain the motif on the back of the handle to me?
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Old 1st February 2021, 09:32 PM   #2
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Maybe it has something to do with the angel Peri?
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Old 1st February 2021, 10:07 PM   #3
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Absolutely stunning khanjar. One of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

It seems to have a date and an inscription. Clearer photos of the writings may help.

Will send the photos to a friend of mine who may know more.

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Old 1st February 2021, 10:28 PM   #4
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Could it be Krishna suckling at Putana' s breast? It is a Hindu tradition, and im not sure if that fits this weapon. However, the motif seems to fit.
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Possible, too.
I have a link to a site of a german villa.
There you can find a statue of a Peri angel which also fits your motif.
http://eichinger.ch/eichifamilyhom/R...ermesVilla.htm
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Old 1st February 2021, 11:39 PM   #6
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Possible, too.
I have a link to a site of a german villa.
There you can find a statue of a Peri angel which also fits your motif.
http://eichinger.ch/eichifamilyhom/R...ermesVilla.htm
Ah...yes! A peri is from Persian mythology, so that makes much more sense. A form of benevolent jinn. Also, the wings are more consistent with the carving depicting peri. Well done
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Possible, too.
I have a link to a site of a german villa.
There you can find a statue of a Peri angel which also fits your motif.
http://eichinger.ch/eichifamilyhom/R...ermesVilla.htm
Interesting guess !
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Old 3rd February 2021, 09:45 AM   #8
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Can someone explain the motif on the back of the handle to me?
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This dagger is shown in the catalog of the Museum Stibbert.
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There are no roses in the basket.
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Old 3rd February 2021, 11:19 AM   #9
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I would suggest the date rather as

سنه (٠٠)١٢

"Year 12(00)

1200=1785-6

What people have read as two zeros/fives are part of the decoration/flowers. A zero would be a small diamond-shaped dot ۰ , like the one above the letter nun here, and a five would be a heart shape ۵ . I would rather suggest that the two zeros after 12 are implied rather than written
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I would suggest the date rather as

سنه (٠٠)١٢

"Year 12(00)

1200=1785-6

What people have read as two zeros/fives are part of the decoration/flowers. A zero would be a small diamond-shaped dot ۰ , like the one above the letter nun here, and a five would be a heart shape ۵ . I would rather suggest that the two zeros after 12 are implied rather than written
Thank you Kwiatek for your very interesting opinion.

However, this time, I beg to differ.

It is possible that the round "flower" after the numerals "١٢" (meaning 12) is simply for decoration but I believe it represents the numeral "٥" (meaning 5), only it was made to look as a flower for aesthetical reasons.

If one examines the carved cartouche, one may notice that all the other flowers are either outside or in line with the outline of the branch, and are slightly smaller. The only "flower" that is inside is the one following the numerals "١٢" and I believe this is for a reason. The same holds for the cartouche above where all four flowers are in line with the outline of the branch and are smaller.

So I believe the carver wrote "١٢٥" (meaning 125) but but wrote it in a more decorative form.

Moreover, the elaborate style of the carving definitely belongs to the 19th century and not to the 18th.

Last but not least, the type of the wootz is not consistent with the Kara Taban or Kara Khorasan with fine watering streaks used predominantly in the 18th century. This type of "crystalline" wootz appeared approximately at the beginning of 19th century (based on my own observations).

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I think you are probably right. I agree it looks 19th-century and that 125(0) would fit better. Also, normally only one digit is normally missed out in a date.

Though Persians never wrote 5 this way, as a circle, maybe they have adjusted the shape to fit the decoration as you suggest.
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I think you are probably right. I agree it looks 19th-century and that 125(0) would fit better. Also, normally only one digit is normally missed out in a date.

Though Persians never wrote 5 this way, as a circle, maybe they have adjusted the shape to fit the decoration as you suggest.
Yeah we can speculate.

What about this? Does it mean anything?
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