Fine 18th C. Mughal Rock Crystal and wootz pesh kabz (ID: id913)
Fine 18th C. Mughal Rock Crystal and wootz pesh kabz
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A fine example dating to the 18th C. this is Mughal Indian pesh kabz of classic form and beautifully mounted with a rock crystal handle of nearly 100% clarity and mounted with gilded silver pins and a gilded silver finial. The scabbard is original and covered in a type of Indian brocade cloth and mounted with gilded silver fittings. The blade is in excellent condition and displays a rich wootz watered steel pattern. The only minor condition issue is a small chip near the handle gilded silver finial but which does not detract from the appearance or structural integrity.
Soldiers of the Mughal Empire at the time would employ the weapon as an armor-piercing blade in battle. Considered one of the "gunpowder empires" of the time period, the Mughal Empire battled the Safavid Iran and Ottoman Empire for control of the region. All three of these empires undertook significant military campaigns at the time employing innovations in mortal technology, including cannons, small arms and firearms to expand their dominions. The Mughal Empire was an open civilization seeking to nurture the offerings of the societies it ruled. Instead of trying to eradicate them, the Mughal developed policies that pacified and included various ruling elites.
The Mughal artistic and design tradition synthesized influences from around the world including the European Renaissance as well as from Persian and Indian schools. The art historian R. Siva Kumar argues, "The Mughal painters borrowed individual motifs and certain naturalistic effects from Renaissance and Mannerist painting, but their structuring principle was derived from Indian and Persian traditions." At its peak, the Mughal Empire extended into modern day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The contributions of the civilization are seen in contemporary times with the tombs and other pieces of architecture remaining in these locations.
* R. Siva Kumar, "Modern Indian Art: a Brief Overview," Art Journal (1999) 58#3 pp 14+.