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Persian wootz, gold
Italian antique market
This extremely rare armguard is a fine piece of craftsmanship. It's decorated with inlay gold scrolling tendrils typical for the Safavid period. The rim inscribed with the Throne Verse from Al-Baqara Sourat in the Holy Qur'an. Ottoman language written in Egyptian Thuluth calligraphy style of the first revolution! (early 17th century!)
'In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate 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? 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. 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 Knowledge [throne] extends over the heavens and the earth and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Let there is no compulsion in religion; Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah is all-hearing and knowing.'
The lower cartouche; 'Oh, my God!', The middle cartouche reads: 'Victory from Allah and an imminent conquest', the top cartouche; 'Oh, thrower!'
The little metal panels read; 'Oh, my God!' and 'Wrongdoers' and words against enemies.
The vambrace is composed of three pieces of wootz steel seamlessly forged together. The two small steel strap plaques are present. Medium overall condition with rust and pitting affecting circa fifteen percent of the surface. Wear to the gold decorations. Old repairs visible on the inside are evidence of its importance and long history.
A similar example in the Stibbert Museum, Florence.
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