Vajra Flaying Knife, ca. 15th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Polsky, 1985 (1985.397) | This work is featured in our “Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas” exhibition on view through June 14, 2015.
Sword maker: C. Liger (French, recorded 1770–93). Congressional Presentation Sword with Scabbard of Colonel Marinus Willett (1740–1830), hallmarked for 1785–86. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George Willett Van Nest, 1916 (17.87.3a, b) | This work is featured in our Arms and Armor Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014 exhibition on view through December 6, 2015. #sword
John Targee (American, active ca. 1797–1815). Presentation Sword with Scabbard, about 1815–17. American, New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Francis P. Garvan, 1922 (22.19a, b) #sword
Saber (Tulwar) with Scabbard, blade, dated 1673; hilt, 19th century. Indian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.1591a, b) | A parasol mark on a blade thus signifies royal provenance and implies that the weapon belonged to a divinely appointed and protected monarch, in this case Emperor Aurangzeb. #sword