Rare Ottoman tombak, chain-mail auctioned in London / PHOTO

An elegant sixteenth-century gilt-copper flask and a fifteenth-century chain-mail coat was put on auction in London on October 7.

 Rare Ottoman tombak, chain-mail auctioned in London / PHOTO


World Bulletin / News Desk

Rare fine works from Islamic heritage, an elegant sixteenth-century gilt-copper flask and a fifteenth-century chain-mail coat was put on auction in London on October 7.

The auction included also art works from Iran and India.

Sotheby's held the auction in its central London saleroom on New Bond Street.

From Iran a magnificent portrait of Fath 'Ali Shah Qajar, attributable to the court artist Mihr 'Ali, leads the highlights of the sale.



From Mughal India an important sixteenth/seventeenth-century jade drinking cup bearing the royal coat-of-arms of Navarre and France, comes from the collection of the late Edmund L. de Rothschild, Sotheby's said on website.



From Ottoman Turkey an elegant sixteenth-century gilt-copper (tombak) flask and a fifteenth-century chain-mail coat are amongst a distinguished group of arms and armour.



In the manuscript section, an early copy of the Arabic edition of Euclid's Elements and a Compendium of Treatises on Mathematics and Astronomy by the thirteenth-century polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi, are both works of outstanding academic interest which attest to the signal contribution of Muslim scholars to the advancement of scientific learning in the medieval period.

Nasir al-Din Tusi 

Nasir al-Din Tusi was born in Tus east of Iran in the year 1201 and began his studies at an early age.

Nasir al-Din Tusi proposed the heliocentric model of the universe two hundred years before Copernicus. He created Pascal's Triangle three centuries before Pascal himself. He proposed the law of conservation of mass almost four hundred years before Lavoisier was even born. He theorized about "evolution by natural selection" over six hundred years before Darwin set sail on the Beagle.
 
He was also a poet, a philosopher, a statesman, a mathematician, an astronomer, a geographer, a biologist, a chemist, and a physicist.
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