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Title

Dagger ('khanjar')


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

According to Stuart Carey Welch, both Mughal armourers and jewellers collaborated to produce weapons. Blades of various shapes and sizes are an integral feature of the costume of Mughal and Rajput men. Inspection of Indian miniature paintings shows the Emperor, as well as any accompanying soldier wearing a dagger tucked into his waistband. They were also received as gifts at the imperial court, used in traditional Indian warfare and formed an integral part of royal attire.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, Jan 2016.


Details


Place where the work was made

North India India


Cultural origin

Mughal or Rajput


Media category

Arms & armour


Materials used

steel with bone handle, pigment; blue scabbard


Dimensions

35.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr and Mrs D Hodgkinson 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

42.2008