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MTW 894
MTW 894

Sheath for a Dagger

MTW 894

Ottoman Turkey

late 16th or early 17th century

MTW 894

Sheath for a Dagger

MTW 894

Ottoman Turkey

late 16th or early 17th century

wood, covered with silver sheet worked in repoussé with chased and engraved detail, set with a coral

22.5cm (length)

The surface is worked with an arabesque of leaves, tendrils and chinoiserie lotuses, all on a punched ground. Along one edge is a frieze of animals, birds and a wyvern-like dragon which is about to catch a fleeing man by the foot, and a double-bodied snake-dragon. The tip is shaped like a dragon’s head holding a coral bead in its jaws.

Such motifs continue the repertoire of mid 16th-century Ottoman goldsmiths but their treatment here is more characteristic of the early 17th century.

D. Alexander, The Arts of War. Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXI, London 1992, cat.48, p.100.