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Sheath of a Thuma
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Sheath of a Thuma

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Description The chased front of the sheath is has a perforated, arabesque floral and tendril décor. The buckle is a modern replacement and has rhombic and bead-molded attachments. The tip is formed in the shape of a bud. The back is blank, but has a stamp with the date in Arabic: Qifal 1176. The date belongs to the reign of al-Mahdi al "Abbas (AH 1161-1189/AD 1748-1775). An engraved inscription in Hebrew names the silversmith: Sulayman Maswari, rub'i. The term "rub'i" is Arabic (but written here in Hebrew script) and means "half."
  • Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Treasures of Yemenite Silverwork. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. 2016-2017.
Provenance Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker [Zucker Family Trust] London and New York, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by gift.
Inscriptions [Stamp] In Arabic: Qifal 1176; [Engraved] In Hebrew: Sulayman Maswari, rub'i
Credit Joint gift to the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker in honor of Mrs. Amanda Content and Mrs. Barbara Zucker, 2010

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1176 AH/AD 1762-1763
silver with remains of gilding
(Arms & Armor)
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L: 9 7/16 x W: 2 3/8 in. (24 x 6.1 cm)
  • Yemen (Place of Origin)
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