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)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
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.
Artist: Workshop of Ahmed Tekelü (possibly Iranian, active Istanbul, ca. 1520–30)Date: ca. 1525–30Medium: Steel, gold, ivory (walrus), silver, turquoise, pearls, rubiesAccession: 1993.14On view in:Gallery 380