Schloß Augustusburg, Brühl, Germany.
Black-robed, gold-faced muses symbolizing Drama, Tragedy and Comedy on the facade of the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania
"Vanity" (detail) by Charles Frédéric Joseph Soulacroix (1825-1900).
Today’s Classic: Joan of Arc
1. By John Everett Millais (1865)
2. By Paul Antoinede La Boulaye (1909)
3. By Eugene Thirion (1876)
4. By Hermann Anton Stilke (1843)
5. By Gaston Bussiere (1908)
6. By Adolphe-Alexandre Dillens (1852)
Tibetan Carved Skull
~Benvenuto CelliniBronze1545 to 1547Museo Nazionale del Bargello , Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Emily Fundis ON TUMBLR
Curcuma petiolata (synonym: Curcuma cordata).
From Flore des Serres et des Jardins de l’Europe (Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe) vol. 5, by Charles Lemaire, Michael Scheidweiler, and Louis van Houtte, Ghent, 1848.
- Dated: 19th century
- Culture: Persian
- Measurements: overall length: 36.5 inches (925mm). Blade length: 30 inches (765mm)
This Persian straight sword is known as a ‘Revival sword’, due to the fact this type of sword reviving the use of 15th Century style Islamic straight swords.
The example is larger than most, with a blade forged from Wootz Damascus, with a central panel on each side containing intricately chiselled Quaranic verses. The forte chiselled with Qajar style animal scenes.
Both sides gold inlaid in Persian ‘Sultan (Al) Sultan Akbar Shah’, attributing the sword to the reign of Persian King, Nasr al Din Shah (1848-1896). The hilt of stylistic form, with drooping monster head quillions, and etched quaranic cartouches.
- The concept of “Islamic weaponry” features this unique example of that category, known among collectors as the “Persian revival sword”.
- Confusion arises largely from categories (such as “Islamic”) imposed by writers without proper understanding of the sword’s form, function, and historical context.
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