Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Scimitar with Scabbard

late 16th–17th century
Hilt and scabbard, Turkish; Blade, Iranian
Steel, copper alloy (brass), silver, wood, gold, jade, turquoise, copper
H. with scabbard 42 1/16 in. (106.8 cm); H. without scabbard 40 1/8 in. (101.9 cm); H. of blade 35 in. (88.9 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1928 g); Wt. of scabbard 2 lb. (906 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Pfeiffer Fund, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.145a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
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 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.

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