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Chape of a scabbard

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Iron inlaid with gold
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 11.2 x 3.8 x 1.6 cm (4 7/16 x 1 1/2 x 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Mughal school
  • Description

    Metal tip (or chape) of a sword or dagger scabbard; 5/8" x 1 1/2" opening at top with scalloped edge coming to a rounded, closed point at the bottom; inlaid gold design of flowers on one side, feathers and flowers on the other; one side (blade edge) is narrower than the other.
  • Provenance

    ca. 1966
    J. J. Klejman Gallery, New York, NY, method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Unidentified individual, America, method of acquisition unknown [2]
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, NY, method of acquisition unknown [3]
    From 1994
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. [4]
    [1] See invoice from Terence McInerney, Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd., to the Freer Gallery of Art, dated February 14, 1993, copy in object file. The invoice lists this object’s provenance as “Ex collection: Klejman Gallery, ca. 1966 / American private collection”.
    J. J. Klejman (John J. Klejman) (1906-1995) was a Polish-Jewish dealer active in pre-World War II Warsaw, Poland. At the end of the World War II, Klejman left Poland and in 1950 he established himself in New York, NY where he owned a gallery specializing in Roman, Greek, and Byzantine art as well as Asian art and African art, located at Madison Avenue and 76th Street. During his career he worked with major US museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as with European collectors. Around 1974 or 1975 Klejman retired and sold objects from his inventory at public auctions, primarily through Sotheby’s New York office.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See Freer Gallery of Art “Acquisition Consideration Form,” approved on March 17, 1994, copy in object file.
    Research updated March 15, 2023
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Body Image (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art (February 24 to May 13, 2007)
    Gold: The Asian Touch (September 10, 2005 to February 20, 2006)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    J.J. Klejman Gallery (1950-1974/5)
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — funds provided by Rajinder K. Keith and Narinder K. Keith in honor of Mahinder Singh Keith
  • Type

    Weapon and Armament
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
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