Object Title

Dagger (khanjar)

Dagger (khanjar)



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The blade is double edged and double curved with a medial ridge on each side and a slightly reinforced point. At the top of the blade on each side is a panel of gold koftgari, one side being more geometric than the other. The hilt is of ivory with rather stylised flowers carved on the quillon block. The block extends on each side and terminates in small bud shaped knops. Above the quillons is a carved collar of eight panels, each enclosing a sytylised flowering plant. The grip is octagonal and plain. The pommel, made of a separate piece, is carved as a lion's head with the mouth stained red. The scabbard is of wood covered in red velvet and fitted with a gilded chape.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 220 mm, the overall length of the knife being 330 mm, the length of the scabbard being 268 mm. Weight: The weight of the knife is 0.182 kg, the weight of the scabbard being 0.036 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no.xv 379, p. 109

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 188, p. 28

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 30


Hewitt describes the pommel as having the shape of a tiger's head with crystal eyes.