Lalla Fatma N’Soumer, a woman chief of the Rahmaniya Tariqa, led the resistance against French colonization 1851-57. She died in prison at the age of 33.
Afghanistan Pulouar Horseman’s Sword
- Dated: 18th century
- Measurements: Blade is 33 inch this near the hilt
This Pulouar (or pulwar) was most likely made for a horseman. The blade is inlaid with brass wire, the copper dot pattern is drilled through the blade.
Source & Copyright: Historical Arms & Armor
When injured, Pterocarpus angolensis, also known as the bloodwood tree,
exudes a blood-like sap which is valued for its medicinal properties.
- Dated: circa 1800
- Culture: India
- Medium: iron and gold damascening
- Measurements: H: 55; L: 13.1 cm
The short, elegant battle-axe (tabar-i-zin) comes from the Persian region, where it was already part of a horseman’s equipment in the early Islamic period. Not all battle-axes were velvet-clad parade weapons like this one, however as a passage from Firdawsi Shah-nama (Book of Kings) shows, a battle-ax was above all a serious weapon.
Source: © The David Collection
- Dated: 16th century
- Culture: Persian
- Medium: Steel, ivory, gold, silver gilt
- Measurements: Length 12 1/4 in. ( 31.12 cm)
The dagger features an inscription: on acanthus-shaped chape - mark of Turkish silver-smith stands: a) topline in Ottoman Turkish “I asked for water from your dagger-wielder if you would drink but one it will run (appear) from your side”, b) lower line in Persian “If I thirst his dagger is not laid down (does not descend) by my bloody desire no water will pass through this throat”.