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>>1526 Ottoman sipahi
Subjectbeylerbey commander of sipahi knights 
Culture: Ottoman Turk
Setting: imperial warfare, eastern Europe / Middle East 16-17thc
Objectkılıç saber

​​Ottoman Swordsmith *
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Armería Real *
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Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor *
"Saber  Steelsilver-gilt, jade, turquoise, gold  Turkish, Ottoman period, 17th century  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."

​* Ottoman Swordsmith
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* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Saber  Steel, gold, wood, leather  Eastern European (probably Hungary), about 1550  This saber was probably made in Hungary during its occupation by the Ottoman Turks.  The hilt, with dragon-headed quillons, is of Islamic type; the blade is inscribed 'Made by Muhammad.'  Both the hilt and the blade are of pattern-welded steel.  This sword comes from the armory of the prince-electors of Saxony in Dresden."  ...

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Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor *
"Saber  Steel, nephrite, gold  Turkish, Ottoman period, 17th century  The green nephrite is carved with a rippling pattern that echoes the watered steel of the blade.  The Arabic inscriptions on the blade include one verse praising the infinite gentleness and power of God and another verse referring to the sword called dhu'l-fakar.  It was one of the swords of the prophet Muhammad and was widely regarded as a symbol of spiritual and political authority.  Invoking dhu'l-fakar on blades like this was probably thought to serve as a talisman."  ...
"Saber, inlaid with gold; precious stones; leather  Probably Turkish, Ottoman period, 16th century  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 probably that this unique blade was made for the Ottoman sultan Süleyman I (reigned 1520-66)."  ...

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Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery *​
"Sword (kılıç)  Turkish, Court Workshops at Istanbul, about 1560  This is one of the earliest Ottoman Turkish curved swords to survive.
  It is closely comparable to a sword in the Treasury of the Topkapı Saray in Istanbul,
 which sitll has the precious stones with which our sword was originally inlaid." ...

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​* Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery
"Sword (kılıç Turkish, about 1625  Presented by the Duke of Cambridge to his Aide-de-camp and Equerry Lt Colonel Sir William Davison in November 1816.  The gilt and chiselled decoration of the blade show the high quality of Turkish sword making in the 17th century." ...