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Knife (cutting tool)

Knife (cutting tool)

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (possibly, made)
    Bosnia (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1850-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bone hilt inlaid with red and silver dots, with a silver collar and iron blade

  • Credit Line:

    Given by B H Jackson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This small knife was described as probably Turkish when it was given to the Museum in 1951. It may also have been made in Bosnia, whose Muslim population specialised in producing small souvenirs in the Ottoman tradition as late as the second half of the 20th century. They were particularly adept at inlaying metal into bone and fruitwood.

Physical description

Small knife with an inlaid bone hilt and a leaf-shaped blade. The blade has a damascene inscription in Arabic on one side, and an arabesque on the other. The hilt is inlaid with bands of red and silver dots, separated by strips of silver. The end of the hilt is curved to form a slight beak. There is a collar of silver with zigzag engraving between the hilt and the blade.

Place of Origin

Turkey (possibly, made)
Bosnia (possibly, made)


1850-1950 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bone hilt inlaid with red and silver dots, with a silver collar and iron blade

Marks and inscriptions

Arabic inscription.
On blade.

Descriptive line

Small decorative knife with inlaid bone hilt and iron blade, Balkans or Turkey, 1850-1950.


Bone; Silver; Iron




Jewellery; Metalwork; Islam


Metalwork Collection

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