Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

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 

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