Object Title

Shaffron (At alinlici)

Shaffron (At alinlici)



Object Number



From the collection of Dr Richard Williams, 1974.

Physical Description

It is of flat semi-eliptical section, tapering towards the nose where its edge is scalloped. The cut outs for the eyes are bordered with double flutes, and further flutes run from the eyes to the nose, where they divide into three and turn outwards into the scallops of the edge. At the top are shallow cut outs for the ears. Across the brow is an applied standing plate with a scalloped edge, through which passes a long plume tube, attached by rivets in a scalloped flange around its lower section. At either side of the brow, small fretted plates are attached by mail to a series of close-set holes; the plate on the right is original, and is attached by riveted iron links; that on the left is a restoration, and attached by butted links. The lower parts of the side edges are pierced with similar holes for the missing lower side plates.


Dimensions: The length of the mainplate is 615 mm, its width being 226 mm. The cheek plates measure 152 mm x 84 mm. Weight: The weight of the shaffron is 2.35 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped with the Hagia Irene mark at the brow.


Places Turkey


Another tombak shaffron of the same form, with the same type of plume holder but lacking its side plates is in the Askeri Muze, Istanbul (no. 21512). A third member of the group, formerly in the Cripps-Day collection, was sold at Sotheby's, London, 12 April 1989. Another shaffron in the Askeri Muze has the same transverse plate but no plume holder (no. 13192). Another similar example offered for sale, Momtaz Islamic Art, Ornament and Inscription, London, 2004: 64-5.