AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET GILT-COPPER MOUNTED SWORD (KILIJ) AND SCABBARD
AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET GILT-COPPER MOUNTED SWORD (KILIJ) AND SCABBARD
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AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET GILT-COPPER MOUNTED SWORD (KILIJ) AND SCABBARD

BLACK SEA COAST, PROBABLY TRABZON, 19TH CENTURY

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AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET GILT-COPPER MOUNTED SWORD (KILIJ) AND SCABBARD
BLACK SEA COAST, PROBABLY TRABZON, 19TH CENTURY
The blade of typical form with gold overlaid inscriptions and decoration, the sheath and hilt of gilt-copper extensively inset with coral and turquoise, some of the turquoise inscribed
31in. (78.8cm.) long

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Lot Essay

Two very similar Ottoman kilijs are published by Robert Hales (Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour. A Lifetime’s Passion, London, 2013, p.209, nos.507 and 508). As well as mounts heavily set with coral and turquoise, some of it engraved, the Hales swords also have blades decorated with similar gold-damascened inscriptions. A similar kilij was sold in these Rooms, 9 October 2014, lot 120 and another more recently 27 April 2017, lot 13.

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