Matrices for Sword Mounts

Iraqi or Iranian

Not on view

Bronze molds such as these were used to form the metal parts of a sword hilt and scabbard, usually made of the soft metals gold, silver, or copper. The three molds shown here are for the guard and the upper and lower scabbard mounts. The parts were formed in halves, then joined along the edges. The cross-shaped guard of the Nishapur sword exhibited nearby shows these joining seams.

Matrices for Sword Mounts, Copper alloy, Iraqi or Iranian

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.