Weapons - Sword of Skanderbeg
Blackened iron, fish skin, damascene gold
Size: H. 88,5 cm D. 5,7 cm
Origin and time: 15th century, Owner: Georg Castriota known as Skanderbeg
KHM (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna
On the inner side of the scabbard is an inscription written in red oil colour from the Ambras Chamber of Armour "Skänderwech"
Mark: attributed to Georg Kastriota
Ferdinand II of Tirol was awarded together with the helmet also the "Sword of Skandabeg" to which a 15th century blade was attached together with a Turkish style hilt. The sword came also with a black leather scabbard. Georg Castriota was brought up as a page at the Turkish Court. As leader of a rebellion against the Ottoman he was believed to be one of the greatest Christian heroes of the 15th century, who fought to maintain Albania's autonomy against the Ottoman power.