A Saddle Axe-head, Early Qajar Dynasty, c. 1800

2499 6

Item ref: 2499

  • Persia
  • Steel, gold and silver
  • 12 cm / 4.72 in


Private collection, France

The Arabic inscription within the rich decorative scheme on this axe-head is drawn in Naskh script and reads:

Ya qadi alhajat, or 'Oh Judge [of] Needs.’

The phrase is one of the names from the Al-Asma al-Husna, The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of Allah.