hand engraved on the handle in two different languages
Thanks to the efforts of W. Kundis, I am able to bring you more
information about this spoon
This approx. 4" brass spoon appears to be of Persian style (but this is
The handle is divided into two parts
The top seems to be Farsi but it is in a dialect which the translator
does not understand
The bottom part appears to be Qur'anic Arabic
This part has been translated as
" There is no power and strength except with Allah Subhanahu aw Ta'ala"
"There is no power and strength except with Allah May He be Glorified
Both of these languages are written from right to left
But these languages are liguistically different and have
at this time Qur'anic Arabic is used only in the Qur'an
The back of the spoon is unfinished
Brass spoons are outside my area of expertise and I am usure as to how
to date them
but a guess is that this spoon is probably late 19th or early 20th
century (but this could be very wrong)
As far as we can determine this is a decorative piece and had no
specialized purpose (but we could be wrong).
"Classical Arabic, also known as Quranic Arabic, is the form of the
Arabic language used in literary texts from Umayyad and Abbasid times
(7th to 9th centuries). "
"Persian (Farsi) is an Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch
of the Indo-European languages"
I looked at pictures of several hundred brass spoons from this part of
the world and did not find anything similar to this item (but I would
guess others exist).
If anyone has more information on this spoon please contact me
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