Ottoman Calligrapher’s Silver Inlaid Scissors
Istanbul, 19th century
length: 25 cm
The scissors are finely decorated all over with flowers and scrolling foliage, all in inlaid silver. The handles are of tear-drop form. Scissors such as these were used to trim paper (perhaps newly copied copies of the Koran), create
muraqqa’ folios and in book binding.
Inventory no.: 63