sword (weapons: edged); sword sheath (sheath (weapons: accessories))

Slender silver-mounted Ottoman short-sword, Yataghan, of the type often ascribed to Crete. The blade, of conventional form, is cut with a single narrow fuller. The hilt and scabbard are made from silver alloy and embossed with rococo ornament, martial panoplies and a sailing ship (all traditional ornaments). The tip of the scabbard is formed as a monster’s head with an open mouth, presumably to allow for drainage.

For a discussion of yataghans see Elgood 2009, Chapter 8.


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