Mughal, 17th century CE
Materials and technique
Steel inlaid with gold and set with rubies
Length 38.2 cm
The animal combat scenes worked in koftgari (steel inlaid with gold) on the forte of this steel dagger recall the bravery and skill required for warfare as well as the princely pastime of hunting. The horse-head hilt with precious ruby inlay suggests the dagger had a ceremonial function.
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