Dagger with Hilt of Leafy Plants

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

Often tucked into a sash or horseman’s boot, daggers in Mughal India displayed the wealth and power of their owners. The white jade hilt of this dagger is carved with flowers arranged in a formal pattern. A long serrated leaf runs the length of the hilt, following its curve; this curved shape, called a pistol grip, originated in the Deccan and first appeared in Mughal paintings during the reign of Shah Jahan, around the time in which this dagger was made.

Dagger with Hilt of Leafy Plants, Hilt: Nephrite
Blade: Watered steel

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