Mughal horse dagger
Indian, Mughal, late 17th century
The blade is of watered steel, double edged and recurved, with a reinforced
point and a medial rib terminating in a lotus bud finial at the forte. The hilt is of a mottled dark green hard stone, probably serpentine, and is carved in the form of a horse’s head.
The scabbard is modern. It is of wood covered with red fabric, with a copper alloy locket and chape.
overall length 44.0cm (17.3in)
blade length 26.8cm (10.5in)
0.496kg (1lb 2oz)
- This khanjar belongs to a large group of Mughal daggers with animal headed hilts, manufactured between 1675 and 1750.
- Most of these hilts are made of jade, rock crystal or agate; this is the only recorded example in serpentine.