L. 41 1/8 in. (105 cm); L. of blade 35 13/16 in. (91 cm); W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. (878.8 g)
Rogers Fund, 1977
Not on view
The blade is an example of sophisticated forging. The split tip alludes to Dhu'l- faqar, the sword of the Prophet (also known as the sword of 'Ali), which was believed to have had two points. Appropriately, the blade of this example is inscribed in Arabic: “There is no fata [heroic young man] like 'Ali and no sword like Dhu'l-faqar.”
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: First three cartouches:
وليس هناك رجل مثل علي، لا يوجد مثل السيف ذي الفقار
There is no man like 'Ali, there is no sword like Dhu'l Fiqar
التي أدلى بها أسد الله
Made by Assadullah
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Gods of War: Sacred Imagery and the Decoration of Arms and Armor," December 10, 1996–December 1997, no. 64.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–December 3, 2017.
Nickel, Helmut, and Stuart W. Pyhrr. "Arms and Armor." Notable Acquisitions 1975–1979 (1979), pp. 28–29, ill.