A Mughal Jade-Hilted Khanjar dagger with watered steel blade
An early Mughal jade hilted khanjar dagger. The use of jade 'yashm' became popular in Northern India during the mid 17th century under the reign of Jahangir, immensely hard to work it could only be ground with wheels and not carved. This example dates to the late 17th century and features fine carved leaves and petals arranged tastefully. The celadon jade colour left intentionally with a darker region towards the pommel. The blade of high quality jauhar steel with a subtle central ridge and reinforced tip. Complete with its original fabric covered sheath in worn condition. This hilt is almost identical to one illustrated in Stones glossary Fig.444 number 1.