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Hegira c. 905 / AD c. 1500
Gold damascening, smooth, gilt copper
This dagger is a Turkish divan dagger worn on the chest. At the Ottoman court sumptuous ceremonial arms were worn by high-ranking courtiers at council meetings held in the presence of the Sultan. The delicate workmanship suggests a Persian artist. In 1874 the weapon was presented by Emperor Franz Josef I (1830–1916) to Dr Ottokar Freiherr von Schlechta the elder, the director of the Oriental Academy and chief translator at the Internuntiature at the Ottoman Porte.
"Dagger" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus22;19;en
MWNF Working Number: AT2 19