Caucasian kindjal / qama dagger, early 19th century, steel, silver, niello, gold, L. with sheath 21 in. (53.3 cm); L. without sheath 19 15/16 in. (50.6 cm); L. of blade 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); D. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); Wt.13.5 oz. (382.7 g); Wt. of sheath 8.5 oz. (240.9 g), Met Museum.

Caucasian kindjal / qama dagger, early 19th century, steel, silver, niello, gold, L. with sheath 21 in. (53.3 cm); L. without sheath 19 15/16 in. (50.6 cm); L. of blade 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); D. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); Wt.13.5 oz. (382.7 g); Wt. of sheath 8.5 oz. (240.9 g), Met Museum.

Woman’s belt. Armenian, from Van. Late-Ottoman era & style, ca. end of 19th century. Gilt silver filigree work, turquoises and a ruby. (Source: Peter Hoesli).

(Pharyah) Woman’s belt. Armenian, from Van. Late-Ottoman era & style, ca. end of century. Gilt silver filigree work, turquoises and a ruby.

Samira - CHechenskaya Pesnya (iplayer.fm) by Faruk Kutlu on SoundCloud

fm) by Faruk Kutlu on SoundCloud

Since becoming Muslim, I’ve noticed that every group has its favorite Eid treat. Being married to a Circassian, I’ve learned that their favorite Eid dish is haliva. Every Circassian I know just loves this deep-fried doughy treat. I even find myself looking forward to the couple times each year I get to enjoy it!

Every Circassian loves this deep-fried doughy treat.

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