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South Indian; India

Dagger and scabbard 1800-75

Watered crucible steel, gold, ivory, wood, velvet, diamonds | 37.2 x 12.7 x 5.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11251

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This dagger is incised directly below the hilt with the ten avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu and was probably made for a Hindu patron. The scabbard mounts have been adapted for presentation with the addition of the Prince of Wales’s feathers.