This sword has an iron blade and was adorned with gilt-bronze elements on the cross guard and quillon. Parts of its wooden scabbard remain fused to the blade, which also was decorated with gilt-bronze mounts at the center and tip. The form of this sword, with its straight, double-edged blade, seems to be a Central Asian type.
Date: 9th century
Geography: Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium: Iron, wood, gilded bronze
Dimensions: L. 28 1/8 in. (71.5 cm) W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number: 40.170.168 Provenance: 1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.
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