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, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;19;en&id=arms_and_armoury
MWNF Working Number: AT2 19