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Saber with Scabbard
- Dated: 19th century
- Culture: Turkish, Ottoman
- Medium: Steel, gold, gilt brass, diamonds, emeralds, pearls
The most important ceremony in the inauguration of many Islamic rulers was the investiture with a sword, rather than a crown. This extravagantly decorated saber traditionally is says to have been refitted in 1876 for the investiture of the Ottoman sultan Murad V (reigned May 30-August 31,1876). He suffered a nervous breakdown before the ceremony and subsequently was deposed and kept a prisoner until his death in 1904.
The sword was probably assembled by a court jeweler, using a 17th century Iranian blade, an 18th century Indian jade grip and a gem-studded gold and gilt-brass mounts of contemporary workmanship. The emerald near the top of the scabbard opens to reveal a secret compartment containing a gold coin marked with the name Süleyman the Magnificent (1494-1566), the most powerful Ottoman ruler of the 16th century. The underside of the emerald is inscribed with the phrase “According to God’s will.”