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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.305
Title
Dagger with Jade Hilt in the Form of an Iris
Classification
Weapons and Ammunition
Work Type
dagger
Date
c.1650
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Mughal
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/190501
Location
Level 2, Room 2590, South Asian Art, South Asia in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watered steel, jade
Dimensions
35 x 3.5 cm (13 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)
max. with jade handle: 35 x 8.7 x 2 cm (13 3/4 x 3 7/16 x 13/16 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch, Jr., Contoonook, NH, (by 1999), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1999.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.305
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The hilt, made of jade, features a pommel carved in the form of an iris. The base of the hilt is carved with acanthus leaves. The blade, made of watered steel, is slightly recurved. A fuller runs down the middle, from the base of the blade, to about three-quarters of the way towards the point.
Exhibition History

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 06/08/2000 - 09/03/2000

The Way I Remember Them: Paintings by Nusra Latif Qureshi, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 02/20/2004 - 04/25/2004

Overlapping Realms: Arts of the Islamic World and India, 900-1900, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/02/2006 - 03/23/2008

Re-View: Arts of India & the Islamic Lands, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/26/2008 - 06/01/2013

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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