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A rare 18th century Persian vambrace of convex shape. (Most arm guards on the market are 19th century Qajar.) Composed of five pieces of steel skilfully forged together.The rim with gold damascened Quranic inscriptions in thuluth script reads;
'Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.'
Good condition considering its rarity. A puncture hole on one side and some wear to the gold decorations.
A similar example in the V&A Museum, London, inventory number 968:1, 2-1884
34,5cm (13.39inch )
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