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Persian (safavid) shamshir / saif, 17th c, single edged curved watered-steel blade with gold inlaid inscription cartouches, ascribed to (Assad) Ullah, 19th c Syrian curved bone hilt with silver cap on pommel, wide silver rain guards with rounded knob finials, handle with four thin bands of engraved silver front and back with raised rosettes with inset turquoise stones, 19th c red velvet sheath with floral silver repoussé locket and chape and two belt hooks, 38¼in. (97.2cm.) long.

Persian (safavid) shamshir / saif, c, single edged curved watered-steel…

Berdiche axe, possibly Egyptian or Turkic, 14th century, steel, wood, gold, Met Museum.

Berdiche axe, possibly Egyptian or Turkic, 14th century, steel, wood, gold, Met Museum.

Syrian saif, damascus steel blade, gold koftgari, Islamic stamps and callighraphy, horn handle covered with real silver, pommel and cross guard with silver designs, original scabbard, overall length 36"

Syrian saif, damascus steel blade, gold koftgari, Islamic stamps and…

Ottoman kilij, 17th century, detail view of the blade, damascus steel, nephrite, gold, Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, rippling pattern green nephrite grip that echoes the crucible, or "watered," steel of the blade. Arabic blade inscriptions, one verse praising the infinite gentleness and power of God and another verse referring to the sword called "dhu'l-faqar" (one of Muhammads swords, widely regarded as a symbol of spiritual and political authority).

Ottoman kilij, century, detail view of the blade, damascus steel, nephrite…

Ottoman kilij, 17th century, damascus steel, nephrite, gold, L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, rippling pattern green nephrite grip that echoes the crucible, or "watered," steel of the blade. Arabic blade inscriptions, one verse praising the infinite gentleness and power of God and another verse referring to the sword called "dhu'l-faqar" (one of Muhammads swords, widely regarded as a symbol of spiritual and political…

Ottoman kilij, 17th century, damascus steel, nephrite, gold, L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, rippling pattern green nephrite grip that echoes the crucible, or "watered," steel of the blade. Arabic blade inscriptions, one verse praising the infinite gentleness and power of God and another verse referring to the sword called "dhu'l-faqar" (one of Muhammads swords, widely regarded as a symbol of spiritual and political…

Ottoman kilij, mid 16th century, steel, iron, gold, wood, shagreen, L. 37 7/8 in. (96.2 cm); L. of blade 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm); L. of quillons 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 5 oz. (1049 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, blade chiseled in relief with Koranic verses, surrounding areas inlaid with gold, inscriptions refer to victory in the Holy War and to the magical powers of the biblical King Solomon (Suleiman), possibly made for Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (reigned…

Ottoman kilij, mid 16th century, steel, iron, gold, wood, shagreen, L. 37 7/8 in. (96.2 cm); L. of blade 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm); L. of quillons 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 5 oz. (1049 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935, blade chiseled in relief with Koranic verses, surrounding areas inlaid with gold, inscriptions refer to victory in the Holy War and to the magical powers of the biblical King Solomon (Suleiman), possibly made for Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (reigned…

Indian shamshir, early 19th century, steel, ivory, enamel, gold, wood, silver,  L. 38 3/4 in. (98.43 cm), Met Museum,  Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.

Indian shamshir, early 19th century, steel, ivory, enamel, gold, wood, silver, L. 38 3/4 in. (98.43 cm), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.

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