19th century "magic squares" from India. What?
October 20, 2013 11:45 AM Subscribe
I went to an exhibit of historic swords
today and read the following inscription:
. . . the blade also carries the name of the craftsman . . . a magic square for protection, and blah blah
The sword in question is from the Talpur rulers of Sind[h], in what is now known as Pakistan, and is from the 19th century. I'm just really curious about these protective magic squares, and am hoping there is someone out there who can tell me something about them and/or show some examples.>>
posted by craniac to society & culture (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a very fuzzy photo (cursed 14mm lens!) of what I think one of the squares looks like.
grainy zoomed image
And yes, I will eventually contact the curator about this or someone at the museum.