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Dagger (Jambiya) with Scabbard and Fitted Storage Case

Arabian, Medina
Steel, silver, wood, textile, gold
L. of dagger with scabbard 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); Wt. of dagger with scabbard (642.0 g); Dagger: L. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm); L. of blade 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm); W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Wt. 9.1 oz. (258 g); Scabbard: L. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); Wt. 13.7 oz. (388.4 g); Case: H. 14 in. (35.6 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Wt. 10.8 oz. (306.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
A traditional jambiya Arab dagger, this example commemorates a Turk’s pilgrimage to Mecca. Inscriptions on the scabbard give the name of the owner and the city of manufacture, Medina, another pilgrimage site, while those on the blade include verses of poetry and the name of the maker, Izzet. The storage case, made in Turkey, bears the calligraphic cipher (tugra) of the Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (r. 1876–1909).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–December 3, 2017.

American Art Association. Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities from the Collection of the Late Daniel Z. Noorian. American Art Galleries: American Art Association, 1931. p. 103, no. 600, ill.

Alexander, David, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Will Kwiatkowski. Islamic Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. pp. 226-227, cat. no. 91, ill.

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