Lot 230
  • 230

An Ottoman gilt-copper (tombak) ceremonial staff handle, Turkey, 17th/18th century

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
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  • gilt copper
  • 14.5cm.
the gilt-copper cylindrical neck with enclosed wood, bulbous twisted terminal with coiled handles

Catalogue Note

The form of this piece corresponds to the finials of Ottoman tombak ceremonial staffs. It is difficult to pinpoint what type of staff or instrument this piece would have adorned, but these feature in European engravings depicting Ottoman Sultans (for example, see an engraving depicting Suleiman the Magnificent from the sixteenth century in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence, in which the Sultan's staff appears to have a very similarly shaped finial).