AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET SWORD (KILIJ)
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AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET SWORD (KILIJ)

BLACK SEA COAST, PROBABLY TRABZON, 19H CENTURY

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AN OTTOMAN CORAL-INSET SWORD (KILIJ)
BLACK SEA COAST, PROBABLY TRABZON, 19H CENTURY
The watered-steel blade of typical form with gold overlaid inscriptions and decoration, the sheath and hilt of gilt copper extensively inset with coral and turquoise
37 ¾in. (96cm.) 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.

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