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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.

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.

Ballock Knife or Dagger (from the shape of the hilt at the guard)  Date: 1450–1500 Culture: Western European Medium: Steel, bone, lead Dimensions: L. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)

Ballock Knife or Dagger (from the shape of the hilt at the guard) Date: 1450–1500 Culture: Western European Medium: Steel, bone, lead Dimensions: L. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)

Rural Tailor Brass Knuckle Scissors. Example of Brass-Knuckle "Guildsman's Shears" Presented to militant tailors upon acceptance into the Militant Guild of Rural Tailors.

Rural Tailor Brass Knuckle Scissors. Example of Brass-Knuckle "Guildsman's Shears" Presented to militant tailors upon acceptance into the Militant Guild of Rural Tailors.

Ceremonial Sword, 20th century. Côte d'Ivoire or Ghana. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Claire E. Mebel and Frederick R. Mebel, 1991 (1991.451) #sword

Ceremonial Sword, 20th century. Côte d'Ivoire or Ghana. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Claire E. Mebel and Frederick R. Mebel, 1991 (1991.451) #sword

Saber (Tulwar) with Scabbard Date: blade, dated 1673; hilt, 19th century Culture: Indian Medium: Steel, silver, diamonds, enamel, leather Dimensions: Blade length, 31 1/2 in. (80.01 cm) Classification: Swords Credit Line: Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 Accession Number: 36.25.1591a, b

Saber (Tulwar) with Scabbard Date: blade, dated 1673; hilt, 19th century Culture: Indian Medium: Steel, silver, diamonds, enamel, leather Dimensions: Blade length, 31 1/2 in. (80.01 cm) Classification: Swords Credit Line: Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 Accession Number: 36.25.1591a, b

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

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

Rapier, ca. 1600–1620. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929 (29.16.10) #sword

Rapier, ca. 1600–1620. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929 (29.16.10) #sword

Hunting Sword Decorator: Emanuel Pioté (Austrian, Vienna 1781–1865) Decorator: Jacob H. Köchert (Austrian, Vienna 1795–1868) Date: ca. 1825 Geography: Vienna Culture: Austrian, Vienna Medium: Steel, gold, enamel, agate, wood, leather

Hunting Sword Decorator: Emanuel Pioté (Austrian, Vienna 1781–1865) Decorator: Jacob H. Köchert (Austrian, Vienna 1795–1868) Date: ca. 1825 Geography: Vienna Culture: Austrian, Vienna Medium: Steel, gold, enamel, agate, wood, leather

Sword (Shamshir) with Scabbard, early 19th century. Indian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.1302a, b) #sword

Sword (Shamshir) with Scabbard, early 19th century. Indian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.1302a, b) #sword

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