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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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