Gift set of weapon. Laks (Laki). Dagestan. Late 19th century.

Gift set of weapon. Laks (Laki). Dagestan. Late 19th century.

Weapon in the culture of the peoples of the Caucasus had the very special role. It was a sign of prestige and was of a very good quality of craftsmanship and had high level of all applying arts.  Unlike the others types of weapon the gift Caucasus weapon was distinguish for its outstanding design and decoration. The collection that was granted to the Crown prince Nicolay Aleksandrovich in 1888 during his father trip to Caucasus was of such high quality. 

This is a set of weapon of the Adyghe horseman: a shashka (a type of a single-edge saber) in a sheath, a dagger in a sheath with a belt to fasten on a waist of Northern Caucasus type, a flintlock pistol, natruska - a small vessel for gunpowder worm on a belt, gazyry - a small cases for measured gunpowder or for gun bullets and silver plate with a sign that it was granted to 19 years old Crown Prince Nikolas by Kabardian Princes. As it was believed a young man in the age of 19 from the noble family was ready for the heroic deeds. The text attached to the set explains that this weapon set was a special gift and was dated to the special occasion. Among the other gift were several sabers and daggers which were granted to Alexander III. Later the collection was supplied with elegant examples of the white arm (cold weapon) which belonged to other members of the Royal Family.