Roman legionary centurion. A centurion (also hekatontarch) was a professional officer of the Roman army after the Marian reforms of 107 B.C. Most centurions commanded 80 men but senior centurions commanded cohorts, or took senior staff roles in their legion. Centurions were also found in the Roman navy.
AN OTTOMAN JADE HILTED KNIFE TURKEY, 18TH CENTURY The single-edged steel blade with flat spine, the top of the blade with gold damascened arabesques, the collar with engraved floral vine, the dark green jade hilt with inset coral at the top, the repoussé silver sheath worked with a pattern of scrolling flowering vine, with makara head finial and applied diamond inset panel on one side 14 5/8in. (37.3cm.) long