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With very pale green jade handle formed with a vestigial ridge down its leading side and tapering to its base. Fitted with silver-gilt cap-pommel and basal collar and chased and engraved with a symmetrical segmented pattern of formalised scrolls accentuated by a pierced ground, studded with garnets and small turquoise beads in raised settings, and the collar extending to form a pair of decorative short reinforces sheathing the base of the blade.
The latter forged from watered steel, single-edged, tapering to the point, and encrusted with a panel of gold-damascened foliage on both sides. In its original leather-covered wooden scabbard, almost entirely encased by large silver-gilt mounts, decorated with a matching scrollwork pattern accentuated by a pounced fish-roe ground and heightened with further garnets and turquoise, and the inner face of the upper scabbard mount cast with a loop for the suspension cord.
|Location of Origin: Middle East / Western Asia / Northern Africa|
|Medium/Materials: jade, silver-gilt, gemstone|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Other|
|Secondary Classification: Antique guns, Antique Swords for Sale : Edged Weapons and Swords for Sale|
|Ottoman daggers of this slender and graceful type were originally derived from those worn in Persia in the 16th century. Within the Ottoman cultural sphere the kard remained worn with traditional formal costume throughout the 19th century, as evidenced in portraiture. The very pale colour of the jade was particularly desirable, then as now, its use in this instance indicates the superior quality of this dagger.|
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