The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Dagger with scabbard
  • Dagger with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Iran and possibly Turkey
  • 1496 - 1497
    19th century (sheath mounts)
  • Agate inlaid with gold, steel, silver, paste, jade, glass stone, wood, brass and velvet
  • Length: 8.5 cm, blade
    Weight: 0.27 kg, without scabbard
  • Inscription: Two Persian verses in Arabic type
  • OA1414
  • Oriental Armoury
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Further Reading
  • The hilt is of jade inlaid with gold, while the blade of watered steel with gold inlay and encrusted gold decoration comprising desert foxes and hares amid arabesques. At the base of the hilt the silver-gilt band set with green glass stones is a later addition. The ‘watered’ steel blade is inscribed with the Islamic date 902 (1496-97 in the Christian calendar) together with couplets of poetry, the name of its maker (sadly indecipherable) and the date. It is extremely rare to find a weapon of such princely quality bearing a fully attributable inscription.