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Nimcha (Saber) with Scabbard

hilt and scabbard, late 17th or early 18th century; blade 16th or 17th century
hilt and scabbard, Algerian; blade, European
Steel, silver, copper, wood, tortoiseshell, horn, mother-of-pearl, leather, textile
L. without scabbard 26 3/8 in. (67 cm); L. of blade 21 in. (53.3 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 6 oz. (632 g); Wt. of scabbard 9 oz. (263 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1550a, b
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.
George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Portland, Maine, 1934. p. 469, fig. 594, no. 2.

Mohamed, Bashir. L'art Des Chevaliers En Pays D'islam: Collection De La Furusiyya Art Foundation. Milan: Skira, 2007. p. 77, no. 41 (very similar example).

Mohamed, Bashir. The Arts of the Muslim Knight: The Furusiyya Art Foundation Collection. Milan: Skira, 2008. p. 77, no. 41 (very similar example).

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. 67. pp. 178-179.

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