A Jambiya Dagger with enameled scabbard and hilt

Turkey, 19th century

50cm long 



Provenance: Purchased Sotheby's 26th of October 1981

Stock no.: A5347

 

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Full Description

A Jambiya Dagger with enameled scabbard and hilt

This jambiya dagger has a gently curving double-edged watered steel blade with median ridge, while the waisted hilt and scabbard are decorated with polychrome enameled designs including cornucopia, scrolling foliate sprays, medallions with flowers and buildings in dark blue, pink, lavender-blue and lime-yellow on a light teal ground. It has a golden chape. Measuring 50 cm long, this is a particularly large example among known jambiya daggers.

Late Ottoman enamels often show a strong European influence through the soft colour palette. The European influence on this dagger can be observedfrom the dark blue medallions depicting European architecture.

A Jambiya Dagger with enameled scabbard and hilt


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