This is a typical Ottoman presentation saber of the seventeenth century. Many similar weapons, as well as shields and complete horse trappings similiarly mounted in silver-gilt and set with jade plaques and turquoise, were taken as booty after the unsuccessful Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse of the blade, near the hilt, in arabic within a gold cartouche: "I trust in God," or "I have entrusted myself to God," translation by M. Keene, Islamic Department, May 1978 and S. Melikian, (refs.).
Ex coll.: Prince Alexej Ivanovij Sachovskoj, through inheritance to his son-in law Theodro Keller and to his son Alexander Keller. See: Keller sale, Bukowskis, Stockholm 1920. Pl. XIII no. 185.
Valencia de Don Juan, Conde de, El conde Vdo.de Valencia de Don Juan, Juan Bautista Crooke y Navarrot Conde de Valencia de Don Juan, and Real Armería. Catálogo Histórico-Descriptivo de la Real Armería de Madrid. Madrid: Fototipias de Hauser y Menet, 1898. p. 372, nos. M. 25–M. 26.
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