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Qajar period curved blade and walrus-tusk hilt dagger - CB.221
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 12.5" (31.8cm) high
Style: Qajar Period
Medium: Steel

Location: Great Britain
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The Qajar dynasty was an Iranian royal dynasty of Turkmen tribal origin, specifically from the Qajar tribe, which ruled then Persia, nowadays Islamic Republic of Iran, from 1785 to 1925. The state ruled by the Qajar dynasty was officially known as the Sublime State of Iran. Although the Qajar family took full control of Iran in 1794 and re- asserted Iranian sovereignty over large parts of the Caucasus, they permanently lost many of Iran's integral areas to the Russia over the course of the 19th century, comprising modern- day Georgia, Dagestan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. The occupation of Iran during World War I (1914- 18) by Russian, British, and Ottoman troops was a blow from which the Qajar dynasty never effectively recovered. With a coup d'├ętat in February 1921, Reza Khan who afterwards ruled as Reza Shah Pahlavi (1925-41) became the preeminent political personality in Iran and the last Qajar sovereign was formally deposed in October 1925 while he was absent in Europe, while the National Iranian Assembly declared the rule of the Qajar dynasty to be terminated. The wooden scabbard is covered by black donkey-skin, embossed overall with arabesques and sewn down the back edge with gilt wire. The hilt is decorated by a male standing figure on both sides, between decorative elements and a short Islamic inscription. The blade has been skilfully incised by the stylised scene of a feline while attacking a deer. - (CB.221)


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