Nimcha (Saber) with Scabbard

hilt and scabbard, Algerian; blade, European

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379

This distinctly North African sword, or nimcha, probably dates from around the battle of Oran (1732), when that city, a haven for Turkish pirates, was besieged by the Spanish. The openwork leather scabbard shows Ottoman influence.

Nimcha (Saber) with Scabbard, Steel, silver, copper, wood, tortoiseshell, horn, mother-of-pearl, leather, textile, hilt and scabbard, Algerian; blade, European

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