Brass dish inlaid with silver wire and engraved with scenes illustrating a siege or battle between Ottoman Turkish and Christian troops, probably The Siege of Tunis in 1535 by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.The surface of the dish is divided by bands of interlacing silver wire into petal-like compartments which radiate from an engraved garland at the centre, containing the arms of Austria. There are four concentric bands of ornament, 1 and 4 containing foliate ornament encorporating birds, animals, mythical beasts and putti. Band 4 also includes on the rim four vignettes including a view of a fortress, a naval battle , and a baker with bread on a tray on his head with a customer at a doorway. Band 5 shows 5 scenes with Christian infantry, cannon and mounted soldiers, and four scenes showing Janissaries, the Great Turk in procession, holding a sceptre, and another scene showing a mounted pasha with a forked pennon as a standard, preceded by grooms with palms. A further scene shows a … (See Merlin record for full description)
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