Mamluk Knife with Decorated Scabbard
- Dated: 14th - 16th century
- Measurements: overall length 21.5 cm; blade length 11 cm
The blade is made of watered steel decorated with three embedded coral beads and the inscription "The time of the reign of Sultan Malik Zahir". On the reverse of the blade reads, "Fly high, bird of distress and revenge, your rigor and fairness affirm human fate".
The knife has a square tapered handle of blue glass. The ivory scabbard is richly inlaid with mother of pearl, brass and stones, representing the heavens, with gilt silver fittings with garnets and turquoise.
David Hockney, Gregory Nude, Ink on paper
Gaston Bussière - Water Nymphs (1927)
Victorian microscope slides.
Phen Kamal is a very curious looking woolly haired high altitude plant which looks like a hairy, woolly mound. When it flowers, the purple flower-heads in a domed cluster, appear exposed above the wool. Phen Kamal is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, at altitudes of 3800-5600 m. Flowering: July-October. Phen Kamal is a well known medicinal plant of Kashmir. Whole plant is used in treating boils.
Photo credit: Lopamudra!
Alphonse Mucha - Peonies (1897–1898)