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Saber with scabbard and hanger, Ottoman. Mid to late 16th century; Handle late 15th to early 16th century. Forged blade iron, goldtauschiert; ivory handle, carved and painted in color, cross iron, forged, gold plated wooden scabbard covered with leather, brass fittings driven, and engraved leather belt. Blade length 95 cm 79.8 cm Weight 1239 g Sheath length 82.4 cm weight 515 g. Y 0040. Armoury. © Dresden State Art Collections 2013

The saber has a broad, double-edged at the tip blade with elegant flowers and tendrils in gold inlay. On one side of the blade there is a large crescent moon and a less masterful inscription. The Iron Guard is long, straight and has traces of gilding on. The wooden, upholstered in black leather scabbard carries locket, chape and a narrow strip of gilt brass with engraved decoration (such as cloud bands). Carved from ivory, the former belonging to a dagger grip. He is colorfully painted and decorated with cut leaf tendrils. Elegant sinuous, asymmetrical tendrils wear spring-like leaves that resemble in their arrangement in chestnut leaves. An ivory belt segment with very similar leaves from the period 1460-1470 is in the Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi in Istanbul (Inv. No. 2/630). Its decor is to draft Baba Nakkash, painter in the court workshops under Sultan Mehmed II, back. Elector Christian II of Saxony received this saber in February 1609 of job of Milkau. This was in 1588 captain of cavalry Hofgesindes, later Lieutenant Colonel of the Life Guards on foot and captain of Anna Castle, Lichtenburg and Schweinitz.