sword (weapons: edged); sword sheath (sheath (weapons: accessories))

Sword manufactured in the medieval style. The blade is broad, straight and has 2 cutting edges; it is also somewhat thin. It is etched overall with bust portraits of princes and serpents against a ground of Persian inscriptions. This decoration is applied with the use of stencils. The iron hilt is embossed in 2 pieces which are braised together, and the down-turned quillons with stylised dragon head finials are also braised in place. It retains its wooden scabbard which is covered in micro-mosaic decoration. This decoration was made in small craft workshops, and stuck down onto suitable sheets of paper. It could then be applied to boxes, small wares etc and even small pieces of furniture.

made in large numbers for a purely decorative market

fighting

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