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.

Saber

  • Date: 16th century
  • Culture: Turkish
  • Medium: Steel, shagreen, gold
  • Dimensions: L. overall 37 7/8 in. (96.19 cm) L. of blade 30 3/4 in. (78.11 cm) L. of quillons 6 1/8 in. (15.54 cm) Wt. 2 lb. 5 oz. ( 1049 gm)
  • Classification: Swords 

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.

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