Dagger, Steel, ivory, gold, silver, Turkish

Dagger

Date:
grip and blade, 16th century; guard, hallmarked for 1774–89
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Steel, ivory, gold, silver
Dimensions:
L. 12 1/4 in. (31.12 cm); Wt. 6 oz. (175 g); blade L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.670
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
The green-stained ivory grip is carved with a delicacy that recalls many ivory objects made for the Ottoman court. The blade is inscribed in Turkish and Persian, the languages used at the Ottoman court: I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down.
Inscription: Blade inscribed in Turkish and Persian: "I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down."

Marking: On acanthus-shaped chape: mark of Turkish silver-smith
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bright Side of the Battle: Symbol and Ceremony in Islamic Arms and Armor," January 17–September 1, 1985.

Nuri, Pere. Osmanlılarda Madenî Paralar: Yapı Ve Kredi Bankasının Osmanlı Madenî Paraları Kolleksiyonu. Istanbul: Yapı ve Kredi Bankası, 1968. pp. 218–225, plates 43–45, ill.

Alexander, David G. "Two Aspects of Islamic Arms and Armor." Metropolitan Museum Journal 18 pp. 106–107, fig. 1.

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. pp. 196-197, cat. no. 76, ill.