Lot 164
  • 164

An exceptionally rare Ayyubid or early Mamluk sword, Egypt/Syria, 12th-13th century

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Description

  • 95.7cm.
with straight double-edged blade, the hilt with straight crossguard inlaid with silver wire, the domed flattened pommel with further inlay and original attached ring, modern plexiglass grip

Catalogue Note

Swords of this period are extremely rare on the market.  The greatest number survive in the Askeri Muzesi (Military Museum) in Istanbul, booty taken by the Ottomans from the Mamluk arsenal in Alexandria in 1519.  For a comparable piece with replacement crossguard, see Copenhagen 1982, no.24, pp.70-71.

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