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MTW 1142
MTW 1142

Sabre hilt

MTW 1142

India

18th century

MTW 1142
MTW 1142, side view

Sabre hilt

MTW 1142

India

18th century

iron, cast and pierced, with gold damascening

18cm (length)

The hilt is damascened in gold with hexagonal compartments containing 98 of the Asma’ al-Husna (the ‘Ninety-nine Names of God’), to protect its owner from harm in battle.

D. Alexander, The Arts of War. Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXI, London 1992, cat.131, pp.196–7.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.414, p.348.