The Mughals, a treasury of the world » Dagger with Scabbard (LNS 25 J)

Dagger with Scabbard (LNS 25 J). Image courtesy of © The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

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Dagger and scabbard
India, Mughal. Circa 1615-1620 33.3 x 11.7 cm
This dagger and scabbard, thought to have been commissioned and designed by Emperor Jahangir around 1619, is a masterpiece of 1,685 rubies, 271 unpolished diamonds, 62 emeralds, 321 pieces of transparent emerald-green glass, 39 pieces of blue glass, 9 pieces of ivory and 6 layered agates – making a total of 2,393 stones, plus another 26 which are now missing. It is elegantly set with rubies to form patterns of birds and flowers.


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