Sword hilt

This hilt is made of steel with gold floral inlays and silver calligraphic inscriptions, probably owned by someone with means. The blade that came with this hilt would have been a long curved one, and the entire sword is probably less than a metre. The inscriptions on this hilt, many of which come from the Qur'an are written in nasta'liq, a script known for its rounded and weeping curves. Due to its strength, steel was often used in the Islamic world, to make arms and armour. On the grip of the hilt the inscription reads, "Call upon Ali who causes wonders, you will find him helpful in misfortune, all anguish, all sorrow will disappear, through your Prophethood, Oh Muhammad, through your friendship (with God) Oh Ali, Oh Ali, Oh Ali."