Object Title

Dagger hilt

Dagger hilt

Date

1800-1900

Object Number

XXVID.202

Provenance

Previously in the Richard Wagner Jr. Collection; published as cat.no. 3-16 in the catalogue 'Arms of the Paladins: The Richard Wagner Jr. Collection of Fine Eastern Weapons' by Oliver S. Pinchot.

Physical Description

The dagger hilt takes the traditional waisted shape associated with the khanjar form of dagger. It is fashioned from carved elephant or walrus ivory. Both of the main hilt faces have decorative panels depicting people. One side shows two panels; the upper panel has the head and shoulders of a man wearing a hat with a feather, the lower panel shows the head and shoulders of a woman wearing a conical headdress with a veil. The pommel and guard sections of the hilt on this side have inscription cartouches, containing an inscription seems to be the same as that carved on the similar hilt XXVID.203, which appears to have been taken from the Quran (61:13), roughly translating as 'Help from God and imminent victory'. The other side of the hilt shows a full length figure dressed in Persian-style robes, headdress and boots. The cartouches bordering the figure on this side do not show inscriptions, but instead contain designs of stylised flowers. All of the decorative panels are surrounded by beaded borders. There is a recess and hole at the base of the hilt, where the tang of the blade was previously inserted. One of the bottom edges has an obvious split and area of damage around this hole.The pommel section of the hilt is topped by a flat, smooth surface.

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth26 mm
OverallHeight121 mm
OverallWeight0.18 kg
OverallWidth51 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
Quotation from the Quran (61:13), which roughly translates as 'Help from God and imminent victory'.
Cartouches bordering top and bottom of hilt on one side
Carving

Associations

Places Persia/Asia

Notes

This hilt was previously part of a Persian khanjar (dagger); it was fitted with a curved blade made from crucible steel with an associated scabbard covered in black velvet. The blade and scabbard were later detached; they are not part of this collection.