Dagger with the handle in the shape of a lion's head

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Watered steel inlaid with gold and agate
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 32.1 x 3 x 3.9 cm (12 5/8 x 1 3/16 x 1 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The dagger is long and slender, with a handle that ends in the shape of a lion's head. Gold inlay decoration was used to decorate the handle and the back of the blade. A fine water pattern covers the sides of the blade.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    John Lawrence Fine Arts
  • Provenance

    To 1998
    John Lawrence Fine Arts, London, acquired from an unidentified European vendor, to 1998 [1]
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from John Lawrence Fine Arts in 1998
    [1] John Lawrence Fine Arts acquired the object from a European vendor; the object had arrived in England sometime in the early part of the 20th century (according to Curatorial Note 2, Massumeh Farhad, February 4, 1998, in the object record.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Weapon and Armament
  • On View

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