Damascus steel blade, double-edged, slightly curved. The blade’s blade is cut by two narrow valleys, between which there is a swept stiffening rib. The valleys and the «arrow» are accented with a stripe of graceful floral ornamentation made using the gold-cut technique. The handle is reel-shaped, made of deep green jade. The jade pommel of the handle is cut with flutes and imitates an oriental helmet of the «misyurka» type. The base and head of the handle are accented with decorative gold stripes, the surface of which is decorated with a scattering of garnets. The scabbard is lined with gold and decorated with a chain of figured cartouches filled with garnets of various sizes. The head of the scabbard ends with an elongated tassel with a garnet insert. The shape of the dagger «Steppe Tulip» completely repeats the classic Persian dagger-bebut. Bebut is a slightly curved dagger, such a dagger was a kind of social marker of the aristocratic class and military rank. The dagger was also a sign of the man’s dignity of its owner. Decor was required for almost any ceremonial weapon. The blades were decorated with gold, sacred to the Iranians. The symbolism of the blade and its semiotic status were enhanced by the color scheme that arose on the weapon thanks to the colored stones used to decorate the dagger. The laconic decor of the dagger, sustained in the classic Persian style, combined with high craftsmanship and its singularity, make the presented work interesting for collecting.
Material: Mosaic Damascus steel, silver, gold, garnets (1020 pcs), jade, leather.
Techniques of execution: Forging, polishing, sawing, cutting, soldering, mounting, engraving, chasing.
Overall size: 473 mm
Length without scabbard: 462 mm
Stick length: 154 mm
Blade length: 302 mm
Blade width: 34-15.5 mm
Blade thickness: 8-6 mm
Scabbard length: 315 mm