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AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHER'S KNIFE
AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHER'S KNIFE
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AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHER'S KNIFE

ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY

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AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHER'S KNIFE
ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY
The steel blade with overlaid gold decoration comprising scrolling foliate motifs, the agate handle with gold collar and emerald-inset inial
4 7/8in. (12.6cm.) long
Provenance
By repute, from an Ottoman Royal Family
With Oliver Hoare, 2015
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Lot Essay

The blunt-nosed blade of this calligrapher’s knife is of a rather unusual shape. In his Kalem Guzeli, or Beauty of the Pen, Mahmud Bedreddin Yazir describes four types of calligrapher’s knives. This example bears a close resemblance to Yazir’s description of the cam kirigi, 'used to cut off both ends of the reed before the process of shaping the [pen’s] mouth' (McWilliams, Roxburgh, 2007, p. 20). It is comparable to that of a knife sold in these Rooms, 23 April 2002, lot 182.
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