Chanfron (headpiece for a horse)

Artist/maker unknown, Ottoman

Geography:
Made in the Ottoman Empire, Anatolia, Asia

Date:
c. 1580

Medium:
Embossed and engraved steel

Dimensions:
24 x 13 inches (61 x 33 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

* Gallery 248, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:
2011-56-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Walter E. Stait Fund and the Fiske and Marie Kimball Fund, 2011

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Label:
The inscription raises the possibility that this chanfron, and a comparable example bearing an analogous inscription, now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, were made for armed retainers of the Ottoman jurist, administrator, and military commander Murad Pasha (died 1611). Pasha was a notable patron of the arts whose remarkable career culminated with his promotion to grand vizier in 1606.


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