qajar iran

((just two little Qajar era [1785 CE - 1925 CE] Iran doodles showcasing some dressing styles shown in photos and paintings, as well as Iran’s thicker physique during the era. This will be a part of another post, but I like it as a stand-alone drawing too :’)

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Morning light streaming in through the stained glass windows at the Nasir ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran.

It was nicknamed the Pink mosque because of the extensive use of pink tiles adorning the interior facades. It was built during the Qajar era in the 19th century so it’s relatively recent and quite small in comparison to some of the others in the area, but the stained glass makes it quite unique.

Sword (Kaskara)

Date: hilt, late 19th century; blade, 1848–96

Culture: hilt, Sudanese; blade, Iranian

Medium: Steel, copper alloy, wood, leather, gold

Dimensions: L. 40 ½ in. (103 cm); L. of blade 34 11/16 in. (88 cm); Gr. W. of blade 1 ¾ in. (4.3 cm); W. of guard 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm); Wt. 2 lbs. 14 oz. (1304.1 g)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1977

Accession Number: 1977.162.1

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380

Straight-bladed swords with cruciform guards and disk-shaped pommels, known as kaskaras, are typical of the Sahara region, particularly Sudan. While the hilt of this example was locally made, the fine blade of crucible (“watered”) steel is Iranian and bears the name of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, who ruled Iran from 1848 to 1896. This sword was taken as booty by the British general James Grenfell Maxwell at the battle of Omdurman, during the Mahdi uprising in Sudan, on September 2, 1898.

I really like the Diamond Authority from Steven Universe so I made a fancier version of their symbol, based on heraldic consoles in architecture, used to decorate the coats of arms of noblewomen, and the symbols seen on the coins of Qajar-era Iran, 

In-universe, I imagine more intricate symbols of the Diamond Authority could be seen on Homeworld, or on coins if Gems have any.