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Dagger from the Gun Set of Mahmud I
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Dagger from the Gun Set of Mahmud I


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This is part of the so-called "Turkish Hunting Set" consisting of the Ottoman musket (Walters 51.84) and later European accessories contained within a large Parisian case (Walters 64.104). The dagger fits inside a compartment in the butt of the musket (Walters 51.84). The steel blade is false damascened with gold wire, a technique called "koftgari", to create foliate patterns and two partly legible Turkish couplet inscriptions. Two long sections of the blade are cut through, so that the middle section stands free and ends in a triangular leaf shaped section studded with gems. The grip, guard, and pommel are gilded silver, set emeralds and rubies, and engraved with abstract designs.
Conservation

Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.

Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined, cleaned
12/31/1969TreatmentExamined, cleaned
6/04/1987Treatmentrepaired
10/03/2001Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Transcription] 2 partly legible Turkish couplets
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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Period
ca. 1732 (Ottoman)
Medium
steel with gold wire, gilded silver, rubies (or spinels), emeralds (or beryls)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.76
Measurements
L: 11 3/4 × W: 1 3/4 × D: 11/16 in. (29.8 × 4.4 × 1.7 cm)
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Not On View

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