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Dagger Handle (with floral design)

Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: India

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Type: Jade Handle
Medium and Support: Nephrite
Credit Line: Gift of Rolando Schinasi
Accession Number: 2004.196
Dimensions: 5 7/16 in. x 3 5/16 in. x 1 1/16 in. (13.81 cm x 8.41 cm x 2.7 cm)


MLB, New Delhi, India (1953 (or 1954) - 1977)

Rolando Schinasi, Nice, France (1977 - October 20, 2004)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 20, 2004 - )

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November 2004
Asian Tastes Installation
Weapons of war were refashioned as courtly accessories among the ruling warrior classes of northern India, especially in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Jade was a material that became particularly prized as a result of trade contact with China. This example of a special type of dagger handle known as a khapwah is exquisitely carved with areas of floral and vegetal ornamentation. The elegant flare of the pommel and voluted knuckle-guard reflect the increasingly refined tastes of the wealthy members of the Mughal court and the nobles of tributary kingdoms. One such nobleman
in the painting from Bilaspur (1990:1154) grasps a sword with a handle that is of much the same type.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017

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