Lot 165. A fine Ottoman sword (yataghan) with lion-head hilt and scabbard, signed by Hasan, Turkey, 18th century; 74cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
with a single-edged blade, the forte decorated with an inscription within fine gilt scrolls, hilt designed as a lion head with finely engraved details and semi-precious stones, an Ottoman stamp on the blade in the shape of a pomegranate, the green-leather scabbard with silver lock and chape decorated with interlacing scrolls and semi-precious stones .
The forte bears part of v.88 from Surah XI (Hud):
'My success is not but through God.'
On the other side is Surah VIII (al-Anfal), part of v.10:
'And victory is not but through God.'
The inscription within the pomegranate reads: 'work of Hasan'
Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 25 Apr 2018, 10:30 AM