A LARGE OTTOMAN GILT-COPPER (TOMBAK) FINIAL OTTOMAN TURKEY OR PROVINCES, 17TH/18TH CENTURY Rising from the faceted conical foot through the rounded shaft to two large rounded fluted bosses tapering slightly at end with crescent-shaped faceted finial with pointed ends 31in. (78.8cm.) high
Standard ('Alam) Object Name: Standard Date: late century Geography: India, Deccan Culture: Islamic Medium: Brass Dimensions: H. cm) Classification: Metal Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2013
Ottoman Alem was placed on the top of the imperial tents or flags. They can easily be seen in miniatures depicting the Ottoman army on the march. They often had inscriptions on them from the Quran and sometimes there were floral motifs filling in any empty spaces. They could be made of copper, bronze, brass, iron and gold. Only in the 19th century did these standards started to incorporate a star and crescent moon.