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Sword (Kilij)

Date:
hilt and guard, 19th century; grip, possibly 18th century
Culture:
hilt and guard, Turkish; grip, Indian
Medium:
Steel, gold, nephrite, ruby
Dimensions:
L. 37 5/8 in. (95.6 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1296
Not on view
The inscriptions on the sword invokes Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and ‘Ali. On the sword’s blade is the Ayat al-Kursi (Throne Verse, 2:255), a popular talisman throughout the Islamic world.
George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Power and Piety: Islamic Talismans on the Battlefield," August 29, 2016–February 13, 2017.

Rivkin, Kirill, and Brian Isaac. A Study of the Eastern Sword. Mankato, U.S.: Dr. Kirill Rivkin, 2017. pp. 224, 228–29, fig. 125.



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