Object Title

Sword (kilic) and scabbard

Sword (kilic) and scabbard

Date

1560

Object Number

XXVIS.293

Provenance

Purchased 1 April 1991.

Physical Description

The "watered steel" (crucible steel or wootz) blade is slightly curved and single edged for three quarters of its length, with a less pronounced edge along the back of the lower section. It was originally decorated in gold inlay with a circular medallion and bands of decoration at the edge and back, near the hilt, but these have been ground away, probably when it was remounted in Turkey.

The hilt is of angled pistol grip form, with a faceted wooden grip retaining the remains of its black leather covering. The quillons are long and elegant, flaring to bulbous terminals, with short, narrow langets and processes extending back over the grip. The pommel cap is facetted like the grip.

The scabbard is of wood covered with black leather, with two lockets with hanging rings and a chape, all of steel.

All the metal fittings are decorated with medallions of flowers, buds and interlacing stems in gold inlay. Both sides of the pommel and the front of the hilt and scabbard fittings have borders or alternating bands of chiselled settings for precious stones, although none of these survive.

Dimensions

BladeLength817 mm
ScabbardLength830 mm
ScabbardWeight0.457 kg
SwordLength960 mm
SwordWeight1.154 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

None found.

Associations

Bibliographic References

H. Ricketts, A catalogue of Islamic arms, London, 1976, no. 8.

Paris, Gallerie ART, Splendeur des armes orientales, Paris, 1988, no. 19, p. 157.

Notes

Another sword in the same style is in the Topkapi Saray, the 'sword of Abul Hasene (Abu Hasan), scribe of the Prophet'.