Saber, Steel, horn, gold, hilt, Turkish or North African; blade, Iranian

Saber

Date:
hilt, 19th century; blade, late 18th–19th century
Culture:
hilt, Turkish or North African; blade, Iranian
Medium:
Steel, horn, gold
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1977

Accession Number:
1977.162.7
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.”
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


Fourth cartouche:

الشاه عباس

Shah Abbas


Fifth cartouche:

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.