Dagger with Scabbard
- Date: Blade: mid-16th century; Hilt and scabbard: 16th century
- Culture: Blade: Turkish; hilt and scabbard: European
- Medium: Steel, damascened with gold
- Dimensions: Length overall 10 3/8 in. ( 26.34 cm) Length blade 7 3/8 in. ( 18.72 cm) Width of blade 0 7/8 in. ( 2.21 cm)
- Classification: Knives
Near Eastern blades were highly valued in Europe, and many fine examples were exported and mounted with European hilts.
In this example, the Ottoman blade has been fitted with a hilt and scabbard damascened with gold arabesques of oriental inspiration.
The blade is inscribed in Persian (one of the languages of the Ottoman court): "It is a dagger since it attempted [to take] the life of the unfaithful lover. My Turk took it [wrapped in gold] and bound it to his sash."
Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art