Pilgrim Flask

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

Imitating the shape of more portable leather prototypes, this so-called pilgrim flask is cast in copper. Originally covered in a type of gilding referred to as tombak, this piece still displays traces of its once golden sheen. Leather flasks were a standard part of equestrian equipment, and were popular among the Ottomans. Luxury examples such as this, however, probably served as emblems of rank.

Pilgrim Flask, Copper (tombak); cast, engraved and gilded

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