Object Title

Dagger (peshkabz)

Dagger (peshkabz)

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVID.111

Provenance

Purchased, Christies, 7 April 1982, lot 112 (ill.).

Physical Description

The blade is single edged. with a T-shaped back. The point is blunted and rusted. The hilt is covered in gilt copper, embossed with flowers and foliage, and set with green and clear glass imitating precious stones. The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet, with a locket and chape of gilt copper embossed like the hilt. The chape terminates in an ibis (duck?) head turned back so that the beak rests of the chape.

Dimensions

BladeLength230mm
OverallLength350mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Notes

Compare a dagger in the collection of Prof. Dr. W Uhlmaann of Grebrunn, which has a more choora-like blade, grip formed of green glass with red glass on the washers of the two rivets, and retains its original worn velvet on the scabbard. The attribution to Gujerat is based on comparison with the decoration of other contemporary Gujerati pieces.