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Mamluk Knife with Decorated Scabbard

  • Dated: 14th - 16th century 
  • Measurements: overall length 21.5 cm; blade length 11 cm

The blade is made of watered steel decorated with three embedded coral beads and the inscription "The time of the reign of Sultan Malik Zahir". On the reverse of the blade reads, "Fly high, bird of distress and revenge, your rigor and fairness affirm human fate".

The knife has a square tapered handle of blue glass. The ivory scabbard is richly inlaid with mother of pearl, brass and stones, representing the heavens, with gilt silver fittings with garnets and turquoise.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Galerie Arcimboldo


Mother delivers moving speech defending trans daughter

Debi Jackson, who is the mother of 6-year-old trans girl AJ, was speaking at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City.

She said: “My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four.

“When she was three, she asked her dad and I if we could buy her a princess dress. We thought she might be going through a stage.

“Over the next few months, she started to wear that dress every single minute that she was at home. And then she asked for more.

“I had never even heard the word transgender before, and really didn’t know what to think.

“My daughter – then my four-year-old son – said these words to me: ‘Mum, you know I’m really a girl, right? A girl on the inside.’ That moment changed my life.

“We lost most of our friends, some of our family, we basically went into hiding for about a year… when we emerged again, it was with a very happy and confident daughter.

“When I tell our daughter’s story I hear the same uninformed comments over again, so I’d like to address a few of those.

“We’re liberals pushing a gay agenda… nope, sorry, I’m a conservative Southern Baptist Republicans from Alabama.

“‘We – or at least I, because they always blame the mum – really wanted a girl so we turned our child into one. Again no, I desperately wanted boys. The idea of raising a girl in today’s world scares me to death.

“‘Kids have no idea what they want, my kid wants to be a dog, should I let him?’… that’s up to you, but I wouldn’t!”

“There’s a profound difference between wanting to be something in imaginary play and declaring who you are insistently, consistently and persistently.”

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