- Place where the work was made
- Cultural origin
- Mughal or Rajput
- Mughal Empire circa 1526 - 1857 → India
- Media category
- Arms & armour
- Materials used
- steel with bone handle, pigment; blue scabbard
- 35.0 cm
- Gift of Dr and Mrs D Hodgkinson 2007
- Not on display
- Accession number
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.