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>>1792 Turkish ayan
Subjectayan provincial warlord
Culture: Ottoman Turk
Setting: Rumelia-Anatolia 1792-1839
Objecthancer dagger

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
Steel, damascened with gold, silver-gilt, ivory
Grip and blade: Turkish, Ottoman period, 16th century
Guard: Turkish, Ottoman period, hallmarked for 1774-89
The green-stained ivory grip is carved with a delicacy that recalls many ivory objects made for the Ottoman court.  The blade is inscribed in Turkish and Persian (the languages used at the Ottoman court):
I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose?  If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down."

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