Dated: 1300-1350 Culture: probably made in Italy, Europe
Medium: steel [blade]; blackened iron, copper alloy [hilt]; wood and leather [scabbard]
Measurements: overall length: 42 15/16 inches (109.1 cm). Blade: 36 inches, 2.6 lb. (91.4 cm, 1.16 kg). Pommel: 2 1/16 inches, 1 3/8 inches (5.3 × 3.5 cm). Blade length: 35 15/16 inches (91.3 cm). Blade width: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm). Quillon width: 6 3/4 inches (17.2 cm). Quillon block depth: 9/16 inches (1.4 cm)
The sword features Arabic inscriptions at the base of the blade, but it was probably made in Europe for the Middle-Eastern market.
Source: Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art
D&D character number…. seven? David’s character Asif, an elven mage seeking revenge in a country where magic is illegal! cool
The Fallen Empire
Remember that post about those awesome
Botswanan heavy metal fans?
This is a song by them.
*e* The song is basically FUCK IMPERIALIST WHITE PEOPLE WE OWN THIS SHIT BITCHES which makes it even better.
Flyssa Sword with Scabbard
Dated: circa 1900
Place of Origin: Algeria
The sword has a slightly curved blade, decorated for the entire length with brass inlays depicting geometrical motifs. The back surface is decorated en suite. It has a brass hilt with iron base, engraved, while the pommel is shaped as a animal head. The wooden scabbard is richly sculpted with geometrical motifs.
Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.
India (Deccan), Mughal (?), 19th Century
Zinc alloy inlaid with gold and silver (bidriware)
If you are not acquainted with
The Legend of Bold Riley do yourself a favor. Here’s some fan art that I happily dropped myself into instead of doing real world things.
cadash w/some rogue armor i just made up
Astronomical illustrations from
Anwār al-nujūm ( The Lights of the Stars) by Jamist al-Rumi (Jamist the Byzantinian), 17th century. ( World Digital Library)
"Sahara" - sand dunes in Algeria
photo by Yury Pustovoy, via reddit
The Vikings may not have had horned helmets, but it looks like other folks did…
(Source: eBay auction)
Handle for a Peacock-Feather Fly Whisk ( morchal)
India, Mughal, late 18th century
Light green nephrite jade inlaid with rubies set in gold
For more on fly whisks, see