Object Title

Knife (kukri)

Knife (kukri)

Object Number

XXVID.45 A

Provenance

Purchased from the Royal United Services Institution, 1963, no. 7812. Presented by Maharaja Jung Bahadur (1816-77) ruler of Nepal, later knighted by Queen Victoria, to Sir John Login (1809-63) appointed governor of the citadel of Lahore in 1849 and friend of Ranjit Singh's son, Maharaja Dhulep Singh.

Physical Description

The blade is forward curved, with two narrow fullers along the back edge and two broader fullers following the length and curvature of the blade. The hilt is of ivory, the pommel carved as a lion-monster with red stained mouth and tongue, and a band of flowers and foliage encircling the hilt near the base of the grip. At the shoulder is a silver ferrule.

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength356mm
OverallLength478mm
OverallWeight617g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks

Associations

Places Nepal/Asia

Notes

This kukri is of extremely high quality. It was apparently given as a gift from Junga Bahadur Rana, the Prime Minister and ruler of Nepal, to Sir John Login, Governor of the Citadel of Lahore, during the mid-19th century. However, the overall outline of the kukri, the intricate shaping of the cut-out section at the base of the blade, and the comparative length of the hilt are characteristic of weapons that were made during the later 1700s, so this piece may have been made some time before it was bestowed as a gift. On the other hand, it could have been made specifically for Junga Bahadur as a diplomatic gift, in a manner which continued historic traditions and ways of producing weapons.