This piece was referred to as a “Lesser George” by the Met Museum. That seems to imply that it was intended to be a part of the vestments worn by a member of the Order of the Garter. It is “lesser” as compared to the “Great George,” a large three dimensional figure of Saint George worn about the neck. Most “Lesser George” figures are on a badge or watch.
His designs are so modern, but they have such a heavy, rough-hewn quality, too. I love that you can feel his heritage (Turkish) and city (Istanbul) in his lines and colors, and the crafting is perfectly imperfect, all while conveying this super traditional yet shockingly, audaciously bold presence.