Standard (Alem)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

This standard head formerly surmounted a long wood shaft carrying an Ottoman banner. The palmetto-shaped head, which is hollow, is engraved on each side with a motto proclaiming: “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

Standard (<i>Alem</i>), Copper, gold, iron, wood, Turkish

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