The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North India
  • 17th century (hilt)
  • Jade, gold, cabachon rubies, emeralds, brass and Damascus steel
  • Length: 36.4 cm
    Weight: 0.34 kg, without scabbard
  • OA1420
  • Oriental Armoury
Further Reading
  • This jade-hilted Mughal dagger is carved with a horse’s-head, a flaw in the stone having been cleverly utilised by the maker to delineate the horse’s mane. The grip is further ornamented with inlays of gold set with cabochon rubies and emeralds, while the double-edged blade is of ‘watered’ steel. The scabbard is of wood covered in velvet, with mounts of chased gilt-brass. Although supremely decorative, and of great value even when it was first made, this dagger was also capable of use as a deadly weapon.