18th-19th century AD. A military fan or standard, formed as openwork iron blade and tubular bronze handle with collars; the tongue-shaped blade comprising and image of zulfiqar with calligraphic text reading: 'The sword of Iman Ali ibn Abi Talib' with its bifid point and reserved lettering to one face, arabesque motifs and incised lettering to the reverse. See Khorasani, M.M. Arms and Armour from Iran. The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period, TÃ¼bingen, 2006 for discussion of the zulfiqar.861 grams, 68cm (26 3/4"). Property of a Hampstead gentleman; from his family collection formed since the 1970s. Muhammad gave a sword to his son in law, Ali ibn Abi Talib, at the Battle of Uhud (624 AD"). The sword was believed to have been brought by Jibraeel (an angel) on the orders of Allah. It is used in the form of amuletic jewellery, shown as a scimitar terminating in two points.