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Saber with Scabbard

Blade signed by Acem Oglu (Turkish, active 19th century)

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Steel, silver-gilt, gold, agate, wood, leather
Dimensions:
L. 37 1/8 in. (94.3 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1294a, b
  • Description

    The blade is signed by its maker, Acem Oglu. The Arabic inscriptions decorating it include: "Oh from the gentle God whose gentleness is without end, You are the Powerful, we will love You in Your palace on the day of judgement." The foliate ornament on the guard and scabbard mounts shows the strong influence of European design in Turkish art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Blade signed: Acem Oglu.

    Inscription: Inscribed in Arabic, in cartouches from the hilt down the blade: "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate." "There is no youth like Ali and no sword like the Dhul Fikar." "I trust in God.

    Inscribed on the blade: "Oh from the gentle God whose gentleness is without end, You are the Powerful, we will love You in Your palace on the day of judgement.

    Marking: Scabbard mounts stamped with the tughra (calligraphic monogram) of Mahmud II.

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