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Dagger: O.149-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Hilt and blade are made in one piece of steel. The blade is double edged and double curved, with a long chevron of six fullers running down most of the blade. At the forte the blade widens into bud-like wings with cusps at either side. The hilt is waisted, with a central squashed globular knop with double mouldings at either side, and has symmetrical curved winged guard and pommel, The thick flange between the wings of the pommel is extended into a finial with an onion-shaped terminal. The hilt and forte of the blade are covered with cross hatching, and the whole was covered originally in silver koftgari with floral ornament. The blade polished bright with pitting from its earlier corrosion


History note: From Ganjam. Probably from Tanjore arsenal

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 27 cm
Overall Length: 34.8 cm
Weight: 170 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


16th Century, Late
Circa 1560 CE - 1600 CE


Compare Metropolitan Museum of Art New York no 36.25.751 from the Stone, Oldman and Walhouse collections, the lavishly decorated 36.25.6AB in the same collection and one from a private collection (Elgood 2004: 178–80, figs 16.32, 16.36 and 16.38. Compare the illustration in the Nukum al-Ulum of 1570, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, reproduced in Elgood 2004: 216 api.11

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 149
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.149-1879
Primary reference Number: 159915
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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