Gem-Set Mughal Dagger
This dagger features a jade hilt decorated with red and blue semi-precious stones. The stones are set in gold using the Indian kundan technique, joined by thin lines of gold inlay to create scrolling floral and vegetal motifs. The decorative repertoire complements the form of the hilt: the upper edge of the pommel is lined with a stemmed flower; the pommel butt is embellished with a thick branch of leaves; and the sides of the pommel have upward curling leaves and a petalled flower. Similar patterns line the cusped edges of the quillon block, with central foliage sprouting upwards and joining at the sides. The double-edged, ridged blade is made from jawhar, or watered steel, and curves gently ending in a reinforced tip.