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An Ottoman gold-inlaid marine ivory dagger with scabbard, Turkey, late 17th century
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An Ottoman gold-inlaid marine ivory dagger with scabbard, Turkey, late 17th century
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An Ottoman gold-inlaid marine ivory dagger with scabbard, Turkey, late 17th century
the slightly curved watered-steel blade with a marine ivory hilt, the ivory scabbard with silver chape and lock engraved and punched with floral designs, the ivory hilt and scabbard finely incised with flowers outlined with a red compound and wavy Chinoiserie motifs with brass studs
Quantity: 2
24.5cm.
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Catalogue Note

The fine workmanship on the scabbard's mounts is comparable to two scabbards, both belonging to similarly shaped daggers with plain marine ivory mounts in the Furusiyya Art Foundation (see B. Mohamed, L'art des chevaliers en pays d'Islam: Collection de la Furusiyya Art Foundation, Institut du Monde Arabe, 2007, p. 167, no. 155 and p.169, no.157). The dominance of the tulips on the mounts is noteworthy as these were considered the most highly-regarded flowers in Ottoman culture, and particularly popular in the seventeenth century. The further addition of carnations and miniature cintamani-like three-bunches of dots on the ivory with red compound is an unusual and charming feature. 

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