Lying camel Natural Pearl Sculpture at Green Vault Dresden
Lying camel, probably Germany, before 1706. Silver, gold plated, baroque pearl, gold, enamel; 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm. Green Vault, VI 106. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
The base plate of the miniature plastic is covered with a uniform layer of translucent green enamel. A purple-shimmering Baroque pearl on one side forms the hull of the camel. On his back a Turkish rider has taken his place, holding in his hands the golden reins and a golden staff. The clothing of this "Bleumerant enameled Türcke (s)" is described in great detail: he wears a turban, which was probably originally set with a small pearl, and a light blue robe with tiny, white enameled buttons, the collar and Braids are deposited in gold. The figure is reminiscent of the small elephant from the collection of Anna Luisa de 'Medici (Florence, Museo degli Argenti, Inv. No. 2539), which is also engraved on a green oval plate.