‘Tears of the Wounded’ Kard
A fine and highly collectable example of the Kard.
The elegant single edged blade is forged from high contrast dark Wootz steel with an active watered steel pattern.
The hilt comprises of a two piece Ivory grip section and is of rare form with the grip strap pierced with a channel containing several free-running steel balls or pearls, this type of design feature is known from the 16th century onwards and is usually referred to as ‘Tears of the Wounded’ or ‘The Tears of Allah’.
The Kard is complete with the blade-smiths signature in Persian (Nasta’liq script) with the inscription reading:
‘Amal-i Muhammad Faryad 1166’ which translates to ‘Made by Muhammad Faryad 1166 A.H.’ (date is in Arabic), 1166 A.H. converts to 1752 A.D.
The floral motifs that decorate both the Kard and the sheaths Wootz steel chape are consistent in design and along with the actual sheath are more Indian in style than Persian. The decoration type is of gold overlay with intricate negative space design work, which is of a finer and more sought after type of decorative application than the standard false Damascene or Koftgari type.
Most likely made in Panjab or Lahore; this was a major center of arms and armour production that had direct connections to Iran where Iranian blade-smiths would travel to for work opportunities.
A complete Kard of rare form in excellent condition, the ‘Tears of the Wounded’ exhibits the blade-smiths level of mastery and craftsmanship.
Tombstone details & inscription deciphered by Rachel Parikh Ph.D., Harvard Art Museums Calderwood Curatorial Fellow of South Asian Art.