Scabbard fitting (muhnal)

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1600
School
Mughal School
Medium
Iron with inlay and overlay of gold
Dimensions
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)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1996.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament
Type

Scabbard fitting

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

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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