European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Chanfron (headpiece for a horse)Made in the Ottoman Empire, Anatolia, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, Ottoman
Embossed and engraved steel
2011-56-1Purchased with the Walter E. Stait Fund and the Fiske and Marie Kimball Fund, 2011
LabelThe 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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