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Sword with Scabbard

Grip and guard, late 17th century; blade, 17th century
Grip and guard, Turkish, Ottoman; blade, European
Steel, silver, gold, copper-silver alloy (niello), lapis lazuli, wood, leather
L. with scabbard 40 3/8 in. (102.5 cm); L. without scabbard 39 3/4 in. (101 cm); L. of blade 34 3/4 in. (88.3 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 13 oz. (827 g); Wt. of scabbard 1 lb. (453 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1333a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The nielloed silver moutns are typical of Ottoman weapons, although the use of lapis lazuli are rare. The straight European blade suggests that this cavalry weapon was carried in addition to the more usual curved saber. Pairs of weapons with straight and curved blades were common in eastern Europe in the seventeenth century.
[William Ockelford Oldman, London, before November 18, 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Szendrei, János. Ungarische Kriegsgeschichtliche Denkmäler in der Milleniums - Landes-Ausstellung. Budapest: Kgl. Ung. Handelsminister, als Präses der Landes-Commission für die Millenniums-Ausstellung, 1896. Cat. no. 2227, ill. on p. 401 (a similar Pallasch with dragon-head quillons).

Schöbel, Johannes, and Jürgen Karpinski. Princely Arms and Armour: A Selection from the Dresden Collection. 1st ed. Leipzig: Edition Leipzig, 1975. pl. 167.

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. Cat. no. 61, pp 164-165.

Hales Robert, and Kevin Conru. W.O. Oldman: The Remarkable Collector: William Ockleford Oldman's Personal Archive. Gent, Belgium: Graphius, 2016. p. 50, fig. 49.

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