Grip and guard, second half of the 17th century; blade, late 18th–19th century
Steel, jade (nephrite), gold, copper, diamond
L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. (889 g)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The green nephrite grip is carved with a rippling pattern that echoes the crucible, or "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-faqar. The latter was one of the swords of the prophet Muhammad and was widely regarded as a symbol of spiritual and political authority.
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).