Blade, dated 1738–39; hilt and scabbard, 19th century
Blade, Iranian; hilt and scabbard, Turkish
Steel, gold, rock crystal, ruby, emerald
H. with sheath 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm); H. without sheath 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); H. of blade 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); Wt. 9.5 oz. (269.3 g); Wt. of sheath 6.2 oz. (175.8 g)
Gift of Giulia P. Morosini, in memory of her father, Giovanni P. Morosini, 1923
The blade of watered steel is chiseled in the same high-relief style as another in the Museum's collection that was made in the Iranian city of Shiraz in 1732–33. This example, dated 1738–39, is also probably Iranian and appears to have been mounted in Turkey in the early nineteenth century.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–January 2, 2017.
Alexander, David, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Will Kwiatkowski. Islamic Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. p. 12, fig. 13, ill.