Unknown script (Laz sword)

Atlantia

Member
English - Britain
I Believe that this is a makers mark.
It is set into the blade of a Laz sword.
I have increased the size to make them clearer.
Can anyone tell me what these characters say please?



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  • AndrasBP

    Senior Member
    Hungarian
    If the sword is from an area where the Georgian alphabet was used, the two characters may be old versions of two Georgian letters: initials, perhaps.
    I know the modern Georgian alphabet, but I can't recognize the letters.

    My other idea is that your picture needs to be viewed upside down, in which case the inscription is in the Arabic script (which I don't know at all), most Laz being Muslim.
     

    Atlantia

    Member
    English - Britain
    The Laz language seems complicated:
    Laz language - Wikipedia

    It's a real shame. This is a very interesting region specific sword and I'd love to know the maker's name.

    Hi Andras

    Thank you for your help.
    It's a sword exclusively associated with the Laz.
    They are so unusual that it seems unlikely that they were produced outside of the Laz community as some of their other equipment was.
     
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    AndrasBP

    Senior Member
    Hungarian
    This is a very interesting region specific sword and I'd love to know the maker's name.
    The characters are probably letters, not words, so I don't expect anyone to be able to "translate" them.
    I know nothing about Laz sword-making practices but are you sure it's a maker's mark?
     
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    Atlantia

    Member
    English - Britain
    Hi Andras

    These swords are rare, and a percentage of them have these inset cartouches.
    The Laz also wore Qama/Kindjal and other more traditionally Ottoman weapons.
    These marks are consistant with other makers marks from that region on Ottoman weapons and would have been placed to identify the swordsmith.
    As you say, they seem like single or dual characters. The cartouche is very small, less than 1cm across.
     
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