- Dated: early 17th century
- Culture: Turkish
- Medium: steel, brass, silver, gold, jade, turquoise
- Measurements: L., 42 1/16 in. (106.83 cm); sword L., 40 1/8 in. (101.9 cm); blade L., 35 in. (88.9 cm); greatest W. of blade, 1 1/4 in. (3.18 cm); greatest D. of blade, 1/4 in. (0.64 cm); Wt., 4 lb. 4 oz.
- Inscriptions: on obverse of blade, near hilt, inscribed in arabic within gold cartouche - “I trust in God (M. Keene, Islamic Dept., May 1978 or I have entrusted myself to God (S. Melikian, Refs.)”
This is a typical Ottoman presentation saber of the seventeenth century. Many similar weapons, as well as shields and complete horse trappings similarly mounted in silver-gilt and set with jade plaques and turquoise, were taken as booty after the unsuccessful Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683.
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