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Saber

Date:
hilt, 19th century; blade, late 18th–19th century
Culture:
hilt, Turkish or North African; blade, Iranian
Medium:
Steel, horn, gold
Dimensions:
L. 41 1/8 in. (105.0 cm); L. of blade 35 13/16 in. (91.0 cm); blade, Gr. W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); guard, W. 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. (878.835 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.162.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380
The blade is an example of sophisticated forging. The split tip alludes to Dhu'l- faqar, the sword of the Prophet (also known as the sword of 'Ali), which was believed to have had two points. Appropriately, the blade of this example is inscribed in Arabic: “There is no fata [heroic young man] like 'Ali and no sword like Dhu'l-faqar.”
Inscription: First three cartouches:

وليس هناك رجل مثل علي، لا يوجد مثل السيف ذي الفقار

There is no man like 'Ali, there is no sword like Dhu'l Fiqar


Fourth cartouche:

الشاه عباس

Shah Abbas


Fifth cartouche:

التي أدلى بها أسد الله

Made by Assadullah
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