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A GEM-SET POMEGRANATE-SHAPED PLAQUE
A GEM-SET POMEGRANATE-SHAPED PLAQUE

OTTOMAN TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY

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A GEM-SET POMEGRANATE-SHAPED PLAQUE OTTOMAN TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY Worked in the form of a pomegranate, the surface set with rubies, the back with later added pin 2 ¾ in. (6.8cm.) high
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This elegant pomegranate bears close resemblance, in both shape and technique, to a 17th century Ottoman one set into the centre of a lavish Russian yoke now in the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow (The Tsars and the East. Gifts from Turkey and Iran in the Moscow Kremlin, exhibition catalogue, Washington DC, 2009, inv.no.TK-41; pp.119-120, no.61). The technique of decorating objects with gold floral or vegetal panels set with gems is characteristic of the Ottoman aesthetic. From the 16th century the Ottomans decorated jewellery, weapons and vessels in this manner and it is probable that our panel once adorned an object of this type.

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