* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
Steel damascened with gold Syrian, Mamluk period, 15th century
The Mamluk sultans and emirs employed a special corps of ax-bearers, probably in imitation of the Varangian (Viking) guard of the emperors of Byzantium. The cup decorating the socket of this ax is the blazon of a Mamluk emir and indicates that he was originally a cupbearer to the sultan." ...