Lot n° 124
3000 - 4000
Calebasse gravée au décor architectural
Ottoman Empire, circa 1876, attributed to the artist Hamouda Ben Elhaj (active in Algeria)
Of double gourd form, engraved and lacquered, decorated with a stylized architectural decoration of an Ottoman port city, probably Istanbul.
H 18,5 ; diam. 10 cm
A gourd very similar to ours is published on the ALJ Antiques website (n°122). Thanks to its resemblance to a cane briefcase signed Hamouda Ben Elhaj (ALJ Antiques n°123), it is attributed to the same Algerian artisan engraver. The style of drawing and the monuments represented are indeed identical. This briefcase is dated 1876, the year in which the sculptor won a medal in an "agricultural exhibition" in Algiers.
An earlier gourd (17th century), with a more refined decoration of tulips, carnations and Ottoman poetry, is preserved in the State Museum of Baden in Karlsruhe (Petrasch, Die Karlsruher Türkenbeute, Hirmer, Munich, 1991, p 298).
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