Steel, nephrite, gold
L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
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.
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