Dagger (Khanjar) with Sheath

Indian, possibly Lucknow

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The hilt of this dagger has been attributed to the court workshops patronized by the nawab of Oudh at Lucknow, in northern India, in about 1785. Its form and decoration, however, were traditional in many courts in Mughal and Deccani states in the eighteenth century. The pale green nephrite jade hilt inlaid with rubies and emeralds is noteworthy for its delicacy and restraint.

Dagger (Khanjar) with Sheath, Steel, nephrite, gold, emerald, ruby, wood, velvet, Indian, possibly Lucknow

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