16 avril 2016

An Ottoman nefrite-hilted dagger (kard), Turkey, 18th century

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Lot 179. An Ottoman nefrite-hilted dagger (kard), Turkey, 18th centuryEstimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP (12,671 - 19,006 EUR) . Photo Sotheby's

the smooth nephrite hilt with bead set in filigree mount at tip, the watered steel blade with foliate carvings at the forte highlighted with gold-inlaid foliate motifs, one side with inscriptive band with spurious date, other side with inscription in medallion; 43.6cm. 

Noteinscriptions
' …. God grant him victory, in Dar al-Fath, Constantinople, year forty and nine-hundred (1533-34 AD).'
In the small roundel preceding it: 'What God wills.'
In the small cartouche: part of Surat al-Saff (61), part of verse 13.

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 20 Apr 2016, 10:30 AM

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