An image of Dagger ('khanjar')

Unknown Artist

Dagger ('khanjar')

Location
Not on display
Further information

According to Stuart Carey Welch, both Mughal armourers and jewellers collaborated to produce weapons. Blades of various shapes and sizes are an integral feature of the costume of Mughal and Rajput men. Inspection of Indian miniature paintings shows the Emperor, as well as any accompanying soldier wearing a dagger tucked into his waistband. They were also received as gifts at the imperial court, used in traditional Indian warfare and formed an integral part of royal attire.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, Jan 2016.

Place of origin
North India, India
Cultural origin
Mughal or Rajput
Period
India: Mughal Empire circa 1526–1857
Media
Arms & armour
Medium
steel with bone handle, pigment; blue scabbard
Dimensions
35.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Dr and Mrs D Hodgkinson 2007
Accession number
42.2008