A flint striker in the form of a bird

Historical period(s)
early 17th century
Steel inlaid with gold, jewels
H x W x D (overall): 8.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 cm (3 7/16 x 2 x 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment

Flint striker

bird, India, Japan
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen, Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. vol. 3: p. 2514f, vol. 6: pl. 1390J.
  • Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre. Erzeugnisse islamischer Kunst. 2 vols., Berlin, 1906-1909. cat. 160, vol. 1: p. 55.
  • Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. cat. 37, pp. 226-228.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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