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Dagger with Sheath

19th century
Turkish, Ottoman
Steel, silver, ivory, coral, wood
L. with sheath 21 7/16 in. (54.5 cm); L. without sheath 19 7/16 in. (49.4 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Wt. 12.7 oz. (360 g); Wt. of sheath 7.5 oz. (212.6 g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.760a, b
Not on view
The stones adorning the hilt and sheath of the dagger have talismanic significance. According to scholar Al-Biruni’s eleventh-century manuscript Kitab al- Jamahir (Book of Precious Stones), coral was believed to prevent misfortune and turquoise to avert the evil eye.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Power and Piety: Islamic Talismans on the Battlefield," August 29, 2016–February 13, 2017.

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