L. 29 1/4 in. (74.3 cm); L. of blade 22 1/8 in. (56.2 cm)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
This type of weapon, with a double-curved blade and a bifurcated pommel, is known as a yatagan. It was commonly used in Anatolia and the Balkans during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the sultan's elite corps, or Janissaries, and was carried in the waistband. This piece, with a blade elaborately decorated in gold and corals set into the handle, was probably made for presentation.
Inscription: Inscribed with the date 1238 (A.D. 1822), the name of the maker ("Made by Abdullah"), six Turkish verses of good will towards the owner, and the names of two owners (Ismael Gazi and Abdul Kadar).
[William Ockelford Oldman, London, before November 18, 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).