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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 (1983). pp. 106-107, fig. 1, ill.

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.



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