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South Indian; India

Dagger and scabbard circa 1870 - 1875

Steel, gold, wood, emeralds and rubies | 31.2 x 5.8 x 2.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11302

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This hook-bladed dagger, known as a jambiya, was associated with parts of the Arabian Peninsula. From the early nineteenth century, the Nizams had employed mercenaries from Yemen and this dagger illustrates this historic link.