Scabbard fitting (muhnal)

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1600
Mughal School
Iron with inlay and overlay of gold
H x W x D: 9.8 x 7.5 x 5.2 cm (3 7/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 1/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament

Scabbard fitting

engraving, flower, India, inlay, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

This fitting covered the opening of a sword scabbard, and the rings accommodated a sash tied around its wearer's waist.   Weapons embellished with gold and other precious materials played a central role in diplomacy during the Mughal dynasty (1526-1857). Courtiers brought valuable armaments to emperors as tribute. In turn, emperors bestowed exquisitely wrought swords and daggers upon the nobility as signs of royal favor. Such gifts were a prominent feature of court attire.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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