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Indian; Mughal

Dagger and scabbard early eighteenth century

Watered crucible steel, jade, lacquered wood, gold, diamonds and rubies | 36.5 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11450

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In the late seventeenth century, access to trade routes into Khotan (modern day Hotan, China) led to the increased use of jade within the Indian courts. Indian lapidaries (gem workers) carved jade dagger hilts to resemble Arabian horse head hilts, which would be presented to high ranking nobles at court.