Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Ceremonial dagger with light-green jade hilt

  • Dated: 17th century (hilt)
  • Culture: Indian, Mughal
  • Measurements: L: 40.3 cm

Daggers of this type, inlaid with gold and with rubies and emeralds set in gold, were made for the ruling upper class. The cut-and-thrust weapons of high-ranking Indian officials, and especially their daggers, were embellished with great imagination with precious stones, enamel, and – as here – with entire hilts made of carved semi-precious stones. Knives of this kind were considered jewelry for men and were often used as princely gifts.

Source: © The David Collection

Hide notes

  1. karalorade reblogged this from kyngofkyrat
  2. kyngofkyrat reblogged this from art-of-swords
  3. bloodymughal reblogged this from art-of-swords
  4. briwiththeeyes reblogged this from art-of-swords
  5. celestialtangerines reblogged this from art-of-swords
  6. darker-than-you-knew reblogged this from art-of-swords
  7. texasturtlefan reblogged this from thenightvalescorpions
  8. jellyfishandsoot reblogged this from sugarnarsenic
  9. sugarnarsenic reblogged this from chasingthegreenfaerie
  10. angelamcewen reblogged this from chasingthegreenfaerie
  11. abstractgeometry reblogged this from chasingthegreenfaerie
  12. nonsinepericulo reblogged this from chasingthegreenfaerie
  13. barrowbutt reblogged this from lakeofclouds
  14. lakeofclouds reblogged this from chasingthegreenfaerie
  15. chasingthegreenfaerie reblogged this from sparklybongwater
  16. thehazyrealmmotel reblogged this from art-of-swords and added:
    This my shit
  17. fumblingemotions reblogged this from fruzzie
  18. redenigma reblogged this from art-of-swords
  19. motherofthenine reblogged this from art-of-swords
  20. fairfaxforthegreatergood reblogged this from art-of-swords
  21. arrogantmercenary reblogged this from thegeekyblonde