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Persian kard knife

Persia, last quarter 18th century



Overall length
36 cm

Materials
Persian wootz, steel, walrus ivory, gold

Dating
18th century

Provenance
German art market


A persian kard knife of the late Zand dynasty with a strong single edge damascus blade. Palmetto-shaped cut-outs and a floral chiseled gold-plated spine. The bolster with inlay gold decorations applied through both tahneshan and zarneshan technique. A smooth hilt with two riveted walrus plaques. This piece has been altered throughout its life (grip strap) and has some minor restorations. There is some age wear and some minor pitted spots on both blade and bolster. Good overall condition. No scabbard. 360 grams. Inserted below: A fragment of a miniature folio from the David Collection Denmark. Showing a man wearing a kard knife. circa 1535. https://www.davidmus.dk/en/collections/islamic/dynasties/safavids/art/83a-b-2006

- Robert Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour, p. 85 nr. 191, a similar Persian kard


For similar examples see Moshtagh Khorasani (2006:604, cat.238, 606, cat.242