indo persian


A silver mounted mameluke for an officer serving in India, the 75cm curved Indo-Persian blade of watered steel, silver cross-guard border engraved with a repeat floral design, button finials, silver back-strap engraved borders filled with a zig-zag pattern, two piece ivory grip plaques, wood scabbard covered with black leather, two silver hanging rings en-suite with the hilt mounts, and small silver chape, blade with some areas of pitting, scabbard leather well replaced.

Indo-European Languages

Since the majority of the languages I am learning are ones from the Indo-European language family, I have listed some words in French, Italian, Russian, Persian and Hindi which are either closely or distantly related to each  other. 

-The words are in the order in which their respective languages appear above in bold; —- means the language doesn’t have a related term-

one, un, un, один [odín], یک [yek], एक [ek]                      
two, deux, due, два [dva], دو [do], दो  [do]
three, trois, tre, три [tri], سه [se], तीन [tīn]                
four, quatre, quattro, четыре [četýre], چهار [chahâr], चार [chār]                
five, cinq, cinque, пять [pyat’], پنج [panj], पाँच [pãnch]                  
six, six, sei, шесть [šest’], شش [shesh], छः [chhah]                 
seven, sept, sette, семь [sem’], هفت [haft], सात [sāt]
eight, huit, otto, восемь [vósem’], هشت [hasht], आठ [āṭh] 
nine, neuf, nove, девять [dévyat’], نه [noh], नौ [nau]
ten, dix, dieci, десять [désyat’], ده [dah], दस [das]
one hundred, cent, cento, сто  [sto], صد [sad], सौ [sau]
mother, mère, madre, мать [mat’], مادر [mâdar], माता [mātā]
father, père, padre, —-, پدر [pedar], पिता [pitā]
brother, frère, fratello, брат [brat], برادر [barâdar], भाई [bhāī]
sister, sœur, sorella, сестра [sestrá], خواهر [khwâhar], —-   
young, jeune, giovane, юный [yúnyy], جوان [javân], युवा [yūva]
eye, œil, occhio, очки [očkí] (glasses), —–, आँख [ãnkh]
tongue, langue, lingua, язык [yazýk], زبان [zabân], जीभ  [jībh]
heart, cœur, cuore, сердце [sérdce], —-, हृदय  [hrday] 
knee, genou, ginocchio, —-, زانو [zânu], घुटना [ghuṭnā]
bone, os, osso, кость [kost’], استخوان [ostokhwân], अस्थि [asthi]
foot, pied, piede, пешкoм [péškom] (on foot), پا  [pâ], पैर [pair]
tooth, dent, dente, десна [desná] (gums), دندان [dandân], दंत [dãnt]
bear, ours, orso, —-, خرس [khers], रीछ [rīchh]
wolf, loup, lupo, волк [volk], گرگ [gorg], वृक [vrk]
star, étoile, stella, звезда [zvezdá], ستاره [setâre], तारा [tārā]
night, nuit, notte, ночь [noč’], —-, —-   
sun, sol, sole, солнце [sólnce], خور [khûr] (east), सूरज [sūraj]

I just noticed something.. In Norse mythology Tyr a Nordic god is represented as a man with one hand, because his right hand was bitten off by the gigantic wolf Fenrir in old Norse. His attribute is a SPEAR which is the symbol of justice, as well as a weapon. In Persian the word/name ‘Tyr’ is also known as ‘spear’ and a weapon. I find that interesting… and well the fact that “Persian’ itself is a Indo-European language.

Nuristani father and son in Eastern Afghanistan.

In the mid-1890s, after the establishment of the Durand Line when Afghanistan ceded various frontier areas to the British Empire, Emir Abdur Rahman Khan conducted a military campaign in Nuristan (then known as Kafiristan) and followed up his conquest with conversion of the Nuristanis to Islam; the region thenceforth being known as Nuristan, the “Land of Light”. Before their conversion, the Nuristanis (then known as “Kafiristanis”) practiced an Indo-Iranian polytheistic Rigvedic religion. Non-Muslim religious practices endure in Nuristan today to some degree as folk customs.

Indo-Persian Armour, 19th C.

A rare and beautiful set from the property of a high ranked warrior, consisting in a khula-khud, a sipar, a bazu-band, a coat of mail, two points and two maces.

Helmet with hemispherical skull, cusp of squared section at the top, on a base shaped as a truncated cone; sliding nose-piece, two plume-holders; all engraved and gilt. Decorated with six, big, richly carved and pierced cartouches at the base, featuring Arabic writings, provided with twenty-four smaller cartouches, pierced with floral motifs and with gold frame; featuring a copper leaf under the cartouches. Silver-plated, Arabic writings at the border the skull. Red cloth lining at the inside. Mail neck defense consisting in small rings with simple closure (missing parts). Height: 60 cm circa. Featuring a big, round and convex, iron sipar, provided with four studs engraved and gilt with floral motifs; decorated with nine cartouches at the center, together with twelve, smaller ones, all richly pierced with floral motifs and gold frames, with a thin, copper leaf below. Silver-inlaid, Arabic writings among four bands decorated with flowers at the border; brass support at the border. A red cloth lining at the inside, with an old label, four suspension rings. Diameter: 46.7 cm. Bass-band decorated en suite, featuring a stylized face at the top, complete with plaques to close it and with sword-shell (defects), Length: 55 cm. Coat of mail consisting in rings with simple lock, some missing parts; neck with lined cloth, provided with fringes. Height: 60 cm circa. Neck: 10 cm. Two trident heads, one with damask structure and Arabic writings, decorated with horned head, snakes and floral motifs (Height: 55 cm), the other one with socket featuring silver decorations an cusp engraved with floral motifs and silver and gold decorations (height: 54.5 cm). Two iron maces, one with horned head and remains of silver decorations (77.5 cm), the other one with bull head and remains of silver decorations.


While the achievements of Semiramis are clearly in the realm of mythical Persian, Armenian and Greek historiography, the historical Assyrian queen Shammuramat (Semiramis), wife of Shamshi-Adad V (and not the fictional Ninus or semi-mythical Nimrod) of Assyria, certainly existed. After her husband’s death, she served as regent from 811–806 BC for her son, Adad-nirari III

Shammuramat would have thus been briefly in control of the vast Neo Assyrian Empire (911-605 BC), which stretched from the Caucasus Mountains in the north to the Arabian Peninsula in the south, and western Iran in the east to Cyprus in the west.

Georges Roux speculated that the later Greek and Indo-Iranian (Persian and Median) flavoured myths surrounding Semiramis stem from successful campaigns she waged against these peoples, and the novelty of a woman ruling such an empire.


Shahzia Sikander is one of the contemporary art world’s most celebrated stars. She’s projecting her hypnotic video installations onto Times Square billboards; she’s led exhibitions at major art museums across the world; and she was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation as a “genius” fellow in 2006. The Pakistani-born artist says art has always been a “ticket to life,” but what distinguishes Sikander’s art from her contemporaries is her training in a centuries-old handmade form of Islamic art — the bejeweled world of Indo-Persian miniature paintings.

Breaking The Mold: Artist’s Modern Miniatures Remix Islamic Art

Images: Courtesy of Shahzia Sikander

A khula-khud
Hemispherical, iron skull, decorated with spiral bands picturing floral motifs on gilded background, at the lower margin cartouches with inscriptions in Arabic on gilded background; at the top is a cusp of square section on a round, knotted base relieved at the centre; a plume-holder on each side, at the front a sliding nose-piece with festooned edge and remains of gilding; complete with neck mail-defence made of simple closed rings with fringed, lower border.
dating: late 18th Century

anonymous asked:

Do ppl ??? Rly not realise?? That there was a huge persian influence in south asia but specifically india and now pakistan?? The fact that the castle looked like taj mahal doesn't make it a south asian thing bc it was literally made based off of persian design and architecture??? There's literally an entire wiki article on it indo-persian culture how do ppl not know it's a thing

literally ever frickin mosque in the middle east, SPECIFICALLY IRAN/FORMER PERSIA AND PERSIAN-INFLUENCED COUNTRIES, looks like the palace in aladdin and the taj mahal was not even CLOSE to the first domed bit of architecture in asia, even if it’s the most famous

besides the taj mahal is white and there are infinite golden domes in the middle east like

essentially you’re 100% right indo-persian is a thing bc the persian empire spanned such a wide territory

which is why it’s so infuriating when people frame this as an arab vs south asian debate when the middle east is more than just arabs and persians have a pretty fucking big stake in these discussions too lmao

persian architecture and fashion 100000000% influenced the entire territory lmao im so tired of people

anonymous asked:

If I might help you a bit, Magpie: Jewish as an ethnicity is sort of like being Anatolian, Slavic or Scandinavian. It doesn't go "black, white, jewish, aussiloid, asian" or whatever. Jews count as caucasoids as part of the greater indo-european family. Persians, Arabs and northern Indians count as part of the same caucasoid family, though technically not "white european." Whites are caucasoids, but not all caucasoids are white. Though many Ashkenazi Jews are "white passing" due to interbreeding.

It’s simplistic, but it works, thank you.