Turkish, probably Istanbul

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379

This saber is fitted with one of the finest and best-preserved Islamic blades of the sixteenth century. Its gold-inlaid decoration consists of Qur'anic inscriptions that stress the sovereignty of God and the wisdom and power of his servant Solomon. These appear to be clever allusions to the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. The equally opulent cross guard is chiseled in relief and damascened in gold, and was formerly inlaid with gems. The grip is a later replacement.

#6659. Overview: The Arts of the Ottoman Courts



  1. 6659. Overview: The Arts of the Ottoman Courts
  2. 826. Kids: Saber
Saber, Steel, gold, fish skin, wood, Turkish, probably Istanbul

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