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Name of Object:

Ornament from a Janissary’s cap

Location:

Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Date:

Hegira 11th century / AD 17th century

Type of object:

Costumes

Museum Inventory Number:

M.2002.1.27

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silver, gilt, decorated with flattened wire and granulation

Dimensions:

25.6 x 9.5 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Ottoman

Provenance:

Turkey

Description:

The military supremacy that had helped make the Ottomans a world power was largely based on the highly disciplined Janissary corps – crack infantry troops. As a part of their uniform, the Janissaries wore a distinctive cap somewhat like a stocking cap in appearance, to which was affixed just above the forehead an ornament such as this rare silver gilt example. The slightly concave device, decorated with delicately worked geometric designs, would have held an insignia demonstrating the Janissary's loyalty to the Sultan – most likely a spoon, signifying that it was the ruler who provided him with his daily soup.

Citation of this web page:

 "Ornament from a Janissary’s cap" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus21;16;en&id=gold_and_silver

MWNF Working Number: US1 16

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