Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jineta Sword from Islamic Spain, 15th c

Length, 96 cm (38 inches). According to the Met, jineta is a word used at the time for these very elaborate swords whose exact meaning is unknown.

Hilt is gilt silver and enamel.

Scabbard is wood, leather, silver gilt and enamel. From Al Andalus, the Art of Islamic Spain, one of the free books you can download from the Met's web site.

1 comment:

G. Verloren said...

What a beautiful and interesting blade! It's like a strange mix between a Roman Spatha, an Italian Schiavona, and a Chinese Jian. I'd love to know what kind of steel it is!