Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sovereign's Sword

18th century
Gold, steel, wood
H. with scabbard 36 1/4 in. (92.1 cm); H. without scabbard 31 3/4 in. (80.6 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 10.5 oz. (751.3 g); Wt. of scabbard 14.9 oz. (422.4 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Their Majesties, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, of Thailand, 1967
Accession Number:
67.120a, b
Not on view
This sword was presented was presented to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 8, 1967 by Their Majesties, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand. The intricate goldsmith's work covering the hilt and scabbard date from the eighteenth century. The steel for the blade was smelted from the lateritic iron ores found at Tambon Ban Nam Ṕī, Amphur Trôn, in the province of Uttaraditth. The gift coincided with the exhibition "In the Presence of Kings," which featured treasures given by monarchs as personal gifts.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand (until June 8, 1967; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "In the Presence of Kings: Royal Treasures from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 11, 1967 (not included in catalogue).

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975. p. 41, ill.

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