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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); Wt. 3 lb. 7 oz. (1559 g); Wt. of scabbard 1 lb. 11 oz. (765.4 g); Wt. of strap (c) 4.6 oz. (130.4 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
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.
von Ehrenthal, M. Führer Durch das Königliche Historische Museum zu Dresden. 3rd ed. ed. Dresden: Wilhelm Baensch, 1899. p. 188, J.- 184, 186, 188.

Haenel, Erich. Alte Waffen. Bibliothek für Kunst- und Antiquitätenfreunde, Vol. 4. Berlin: R.C. Schmidt & Co., 1920.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. p. 218-219, no. 169, pl. LIII.

Jarnuszkiewicz, Czesław. Szabla Wschodnia I Jej Typy Narodowe. London: Antykwariat R. Wernika, 1973. p. 98, fig. 82.

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