Short sword (yatagan) with scabbard
- Dated: 1820
- Culture: Istanbul, Turkey
- Medium: Steel, silver, gold, walrus ivory, embossed and chased
- Measurements: Length: 60.9 cm, blade
- Inscription: Name of the maker, and a date, A.H 1236 (A.D.1820) and also “Property of Ahmed.”
Judging from the inscription, the sword probably belonged to Ustad Ahmed.
Source & Copyright: The Wallace Collection
Photographer Matthieu Paley spent more than a decade photographing the Afghan Kyrgyz people, who live in one of the world’s most remote and inhospitable areas.
Read the full story here
“I traveled to Mongolia to photograph the Kazakhs with their mighty hunting eagles. It was here in this remote western region of the Altai mountains that they gather to show them off every year in October.
In between events I was crossing the vast empty field when I heard a noise. Before I could fully turn around I was pummeled by a runaway horse that had thrown his rider. I had three heavy cameras slung on my shoulder that came up and slammed into my face. My cheek split open and was bleeding profusely, there wasn’t even any water available to clean the wound. It was an hour before I could even move. By then the light was exquisite. I put a bandana over my eye and kept shooting until I passed out. I realized then that I also had a concussion. The hospital was so bad I had to supply the doctor with supplies from my own medical kit to fix my face. It was three days before I could get back to a hospital in San Francisco where they found I had also fractured a rib. But at least I got the photos. If you look closely you can see the word Nikon etched into my cheekbone.”
- Alison Wright http://www.alisonwright.com/#/documentary-galleries/mongolia/Mongolia-11
“Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenent” Amazing comic by Tony Cliff (First 2 pages of the prologue)
bring these back again cause i love love love these outfits
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Commodus from Gladiator (2000)