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Indian; Mughal

Dagger and scabbard 1700 - 1875

RCIN 11241

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The jade hilt of this dagger (peshkabs) and the scabbard mounts are inlaid with rubies, diamonds and emeralds arranged in a floral pattern. They are set using a technique called kundan, in which strips of highly refined gold, usually of 22 to 24 carats, secure the gemstones through pressure rather than heat. The process of setting stones using kundan is unique to the Indian subcontinent and is still practised by jewellers today.

In India, ornate jade hilted daggers inlaid with gemstones were exchanged at court or presented as tokens of favour by rulers. This dagger was given to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, in 1875-76 by Shivaji V Chhatrapati Narayana Rao, Raja of Kolhapur.