Item: id501

17th C. Mughal Indian Jade Wootz Khanjar Dagger, of baluster design, possibly of Chinese origin



    KHANJAR with JADE HILT 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. 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 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.

    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.

    Old, velvet and brass mounted throat. The throat is pierced, and chiseled with flowers done in a characteristically Mughali style.

    Blade: 10.75” OAL: 15.75” Minor damage to tip of scabbard. Minor chips to hilt, but intact and firm. Excellent for its age

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