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Dagger: O.151-1879

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 chevron of six deep fullers at the forte and a long reinforced point. At the forte the blade is thickened and widens into bud-like wings with piercings 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 flange between the wings of the pommel is extended into a finial with a D-shaped knop with two more round knops above. Most of the hilt is painted black, 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: 30 cm
Overall Length: 39.2 cm
Weight: 296 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.) Taylor records this from Benares.

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 151
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.151-1879
Primary reference Number: 159930
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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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