Object Title

Dagger (kard)

Dagger (kard)



Object Number



Purchased 1 April 1990.

Physical Description

The watered steel blade is single-edged, straight, and has a low, rounded back. It is thickened at the hilt to the shape and size of the grip. The back is decorated in gold inlay with a finely executed floral scroll, with a maker's cartouche at the hilt. The shoulders and belly of that section are decorated with small buds in gold inlay.

The grip is of ivory, stained brown in a meandering pattern, and with a floral scroll on the back and the flat, beaked pommel. The grip is connected to the shoulder of the blade with a series of brass and bone washers, the central section being resin-filled.

The scabbard is of wood covered with olive velvet, and is shaped to accommodate part of the hilt. The chape and top locket are of gilt brass, the internal edges deeply cusped at either side and fretted in a series of lotus buds, with large lotus flowers at either side of the base. The mouth of the locket has a reeded moulding, and the tip of the chape has a moulded finial.


BladeLength275 mm
OverallLength385 mm
ScabbardLength401 mm
ScabbardWeight0.022 kg
DaggerWeight0.344 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

In gold inlay at the shoulder of the blade ``amal Muhammad Baqir 1122'.


Bibliographic References

Paris, Gallerie ART, Splendeur des armes orientales, Paris, 1988, no. 136.

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 134

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 17


Compare a later kard signed Muhammad, sold Sotheby's London 24 October 2007 lot 229, dated 1190 (1776/7).