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Nimcha (Saber) with Scabbard

hilt and scabbard, late 17th or early 18th century; blade 16th or 17th century
hilt and scabbard, Algerian; blade, European
Steel, silver, copper, wood, tortoiseshell, horn, mother-of-pearl, leather, textile
L. without scabbard 26 3/8 in. (67 cm); L. of blade 21 in. (53.3 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 6 oz. (632 g); Wt. of scabbard 9 oz. (263 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1550a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
This distinctly North African sword, or nimcha, probably dates from around the battle of Oran (1732), when that city, a haven for Turkish pirates, was besieged by the Spanish. The openwork leather scabbard shows Ottoman influence.
George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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