17th C. Mughal Indian Jade Wootz Khanjar Dagger, of baluster design, possibly of Chinese origin (ID: id501)
17th C. Mughal Indian Jade Wootz Khanjar Dagger, of baluster design, possibly of Chinese origin
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KHANJAR with JADE HILT
17th – 18th C, Mughal
Jade arts in India reached their zenith during the Mughal period. Some of the finest and most elaborately carved hilts were during this period.
Blade: This fine example is mounted with a finely crafted double-edged wootz blade with polished edges, and with an armor-piercing tip. The wootz pattern is streaky, suggesting a classification as sham or Syrian damascus. Apparently, blades made of sham were less esteemed (Figiel, 1991); however, it’s quite uncommon to encounter today such blades, making this dagger a relative rarity.
Hilt: The single-piece celadon green jade hilt is finely carved in the form of a flattened baluster (a less common style seen in Mughal daggers), with curled quillons and pommel with a bud, with curled terminals. This hilt is reminiscent of Qing dynasty jade hilts that were imported to India.
Scabbard: Old, velvet and brass mounted throat. The throat is pierced, and chiseled with flowers done in a characteristically Mughali style.
Dimensions: Blade: 10.75” OAL: 15.75”
Condition: Minor damage to tip of scabbard. Minor chips to hilt, but intact and firm. Excellent for its age
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