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Sword and sheath

Sword and sheath

  • Place of origin:

    Rajasthan (made)

  • Date:

    19th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel with inlaid gold and silver decoration

  • Museum number:

    IS.87&A-1981

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 6A []

The sword and scabbard were made in Rajasthan, probably in the late 19th century. The hilt of the sword is of blued steel very finely decorated in gold with floral and hunting motifs; the blade is watered steel with a chevron pattern of alternating lighter and darker watering.

Physical description

The hilt of blued steel with inlaid gold decoration, the blade steel watered in a ladder pattern.
The hilt has an elephant head pommel and the knuckle-guard is formed by a tiger grappling with the elephant's trunk.

Place of Origin

Rajasthan (made)

Date

19th Century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Steel with inlaid gold and silver decoration

Dimensions

Length: 91.4 cm sword & scabbard, Length: 78.6 cm blade

Object history note

Found unnumbered in crypt store in 1981. RF 81/2099

Historical context note

The hilt of blued steel overlaid with gold and silver is in the form of an elephant's head with a knuckle guard formed from the trunk being savaged by a tiger; the watered steel blade is composed of alternating chevrons of light and dark watered steel. The scabbard of velvet-covered wood with pierced and chased gilt chape.

Descriptive line

Sword and sheath, the hilt of blued steel with inlaid gold decoration; the blade steel watered in a ladder pattern, Rajasthan, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Susan Stronge, in The Indian Heritage. Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule, V&A, 1982, cat. 435, p.134, ISBN 0906969263.

Labels and date

SWORD AND SCABBARD: This hilt of blued steel with inlaid gold decoration, the blade steel watered in a ladder pattern, Rajasthan, 19th century. [Nehru Gallery, 2001]

Materials

Watered steel; Gold

Subjects depicted

Hunting; Floral motifs

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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