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Dagger hilt

Dagger hilt

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rock crystal, cut and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools. The hole was most probably made using a bow-drill.

  • Museum number:

    660-1876

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dagger hilt was made within the Mughal empire in the 18th centur. The colourless clarity of the rock crystal would have enhanced the appearance of the dagger, while the weight of the hilt would have helped to counter-balance the steel blade. A major disadvantage would have been that sharp impacts to the hilt could have resulted in severe damage to it, possible sufficient to render the dagger unusable without a replacement hilt.

Physical description

A short dagger hilt with a pistol grip. The blade end is cut square and has a single drill hole located off-centre. Fashioned in colourless rock crystal, polished and decorated with engraved flowers and leaves.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Materials and Techniques

Rock crystal, cut and polished using abrasives and abrasive-charged tools. The hole was most probably made using a bow-drill.

Dimensions

Length: 79.7 mm 660-1876, Width: 32.8 mm 660-1876, Depth: 20.5 mm 660-1876, Depth: 11.85 mm 660-1876

Object history note

This dagger hilt was bought in 1876 by the South Kensington Museum (later renamed the Victoria & Albert Museum) for the sum of 18 shillings.

Descriptive line

Dagger hilt with pistol grip, rock crystal, engraved with flowers and leaves, India

Materials

Quartz crystal

Categories

Arms & Armour; Gemstones; Hardstone

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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