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Dagger with Sheath

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Steel, jade, gold, emerald, diamond, ruby
Dimensions:
L. with sheath 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm); L. without sheath 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); L. of blade 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm); D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); Wt. 14 oz. (396.9 g); Wt. of sheath 9.7 oz (275 g)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Gift of Giulia P. Morosini, in memory of her father, Giovanni P. Morosini, 1923
Accession Number:
23.232.3a, b
Not on view
This dagger belongs to a large group of flamboyant gem-studded weapons that were probably made in Istanbul in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. Their traditional shapes and luxurious materials were intended to evoke romantic notions of the exotic orient, Arabian Nights, or perhaps the sultan’s treasury. As most of these weapons are found today in American and European collections rather than in Turkish museums, they may have been made exclusively for Western tourists.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–December 3, 2017.

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. p. 12, fig. 13, ill.

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