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A pair of Safavid cut steel bazubands made for Muhammad Quli Khan, Persia, 17th Century

A pair of Safavid cut steel bazubands made for Muhammad Quli Khan, Persia, 17th Century

The 'alam, a finial or standard mounted on top of a pole, was carried at the forefront of a company of soldiers, and served as a rallying point in the confusion of battle. Religious observance was another function: in the Shi'ite-dominated Deccan, on the tenth day of Muharram, called Ashura, tearful ceremonies were performed to lament the tragic death and defeat of Husain, grandson of the Prophet, who died in the battle of Kerbala in 680.

The 'alam, a finial or standard mounted on top of a pole, was carried at the forefront of a company of soldiers, and served as a rallying point in the confusion of battle. Religious observance was another function: in the Shi'ite-dominated Deccan, on the tenth day of Muharram, called Ashura, tearful ceremonies were performed to lament the tragic death and defeat of Husain, grandson of the Prophet, who died in the battle of Kerbala in 680.

Handmade Ethiopian Coptic Christian processional cross the spiritual emblem of Christian Ethiopia.

Handmade Ethiopian Coptic Christian processional cross the spiritual emblem of Christian Ethiopia.

Miniature Painting - Royal Court Scene No. 2

Miniature Painting - Royal Court Scene No. 2

These mini modern masterpieces are painstakingly hand painted by a small number of artists in Rajasthan, India, where the art is still passed on from generation to generation. The skills needed to pro

Title: 'Alam (Standard)  Artist Name: Unknown

Title: 'Alam (Standard) Artist Name: Unknown

These mini modern masterpieces are painstakingly hand painted by a small number of artists in Rajasthan, India, where the art is still passed on from generation to generation. The skills needed to pro

Miniature Painting - Royal Court Scene No. 3

These mini modern masterpieces are painstakingly hand painted by a small number of artists in Rajasthan, India, where the art is still passed on from generation to generation. The skills needed to pro

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