grip and blade, 16th century; guard, hallmarked for 1774–89
Steel, ivory, gold, silver
L. 12 1/4 in. (31.12 cm); Wt. 6 oz. (175 g); blade L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
The green-stained ivory grip is carved with a delicacy that recalls many ivory objects made for the Ottoman court. The blade is inscribed in Turkish and Persian, the languages used at the Ottoman court: I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down.
Inscription: Blade inscribed in Turkish and Persian: "I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down."
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Artist: Workshop of Ahmed Tekelü (possibly Iranian, active Istanbul, ca. 1520–30)Date: ca. 1525–30Medium: Steel, gold, ivory (walrus), silver, turquoise, pearls, rubiesAccession: 1993.14On view in:Gallery 380