Dagger - Aga Khan Museum
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Classification
Metalwork

Object name
Dagger

Geography
India

Period
Mughal, 17th century CE

Dynasty
Mughal

Materials and technique
Steel inlaid with gold and set with rubies

Dimensions
Length 38.2 cm

Accession number
AKM00619

Description

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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