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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Turkish
Creator Name-CRT: Turkish
Title: Saber
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1500
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: 16th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Steel, inlaid with gold; precious stones; fishskin
Dimensions: L. 37 7/8 in. (96.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 36.25.1297
Credit Line: Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Style or Period: Ottoman Period

The blade is chiseled in relief with Koranic verses, with the surrounding areas inlaid with gold. The inscriptions refer to victory in the Holy War and to the magical powers of the biblical King Solomon (Süleyman). It seems probable that this unique blade was made for the Ottoman sultan Süleyman I (r. 1520-66). The guard is chiseled with gold-damascened flowers and was formerly inlaid with rubies. The grip, covered with fishskin dyed green, is a later replacement.

AMICA ID: MMA_.36.25.1297
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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