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Saber with Scabbard

ca. 1550
Eastern European, probably Hungary
Steel, gold, wood, leather
L. 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm); L. of blade 35 5/16 in. (89.7 cm); greatest W. of blade 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 7 oz. (1559 g); Wt. with scabbard, 5 lb. 2 oz. (2325 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
29.158.717a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This saber was probably made in Hungary during its occupation by the Ottoman Turks. The hilt, with dragon-headed quilloins, is of Islamic type; the blade is inscribed "Made by Muhammad." Both the hilt and the blade are of pattern-welded steel. This sword comes from the armory of the prince-electors of Saxony in Dresden.
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