A Hilt of a Sword, or Talwar, Late 19th century

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Item ref: 3938

  • North India, possibly Gujarat
  • Steel and gold
  • 18 cm / 7 in


Private collection, United Kingdom

The ram was another animal selected by the Mughal nobility and their successors for depiction on sword and dagger hilts to connote power.

This style of koftgari decoration is reminiscent of a sword hilt made for Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji II, Nawab of Junagarh in Gujarat in 1865, from the Taylor collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (no. O.176.1879.)