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Name of Object:

Dagger

Location:

Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Date:

Hegira c. 905 / AD c. 1500

Type of object:

Armour

Museum Inventory Number:

HJRK_C_88

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Gold damascening, smooth, gilt copper

Period / Dynasty:

Persian (Herat)

Provenance:

Afghanistan?

Description:

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.

Citation of this web page:

 "Dagger" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;19;en&id=gold_and_silver

MWNF Working Number: AT2 19