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Scimitar with Scabbard

Date:
late 16th–17th century
Culture:
Hilt and scabbard, Turkish; Blade, Iranian
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy (brass), silver, wood, gold, jade, turquoise, copper
Dimensions:
L. 42 1/16 in. (106.83 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1928 g); Sword: L. 40 1/8 in. (101.9 cm); L. of blade 35 in. (88.9 cm); W. of blade 1 1/4 in. (3.18 cm); D. of blade 1/4 in. (0.64 cm); Scabbard: L. 39 7/8 in. (93.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. (906 g)
Classification:
Swords
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 Vdo.de Valencia de Don Juan, and Juan Bautista Crooke y Navarrot Conde de Valencia de Don Juan. "por El Conde v.do de Valencia de Don Juan." In Catálogo histórico-descriptivo de la Real Armeria de Madrid. Madrid, 1898. p. 372, nos. M. 25–M. 26.



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