Very Fine Enameled Khanjar Dagger – Qajar Period

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Origin: Persia - Qajar Period

Date: Mid 19 C.

Enameling of metal artifact is an ancient decoration technique in the east since early times. Especially Iran did show for many centuries special passion for the saturated but lucent colors that the enamel medium affords.

Enameling decoration In the Qajar period was applied to almost all artifacts of decorative arts.  Further more it was in this period that European arts and styles greatly influenced Persian arts. Human figures start to appear on decorative items and also in less common cases erotic scenes.   

The Khanjar offered here is a wonderful example. Fine blade forged from crucible steel (Wootz) with high contrast pattern. Handle with bird head pommel and scabbard are gilded copper based, depicting medallions of human heads between flowers in vivid colors of pink, blue, black and green.

Blade length 10 inches (25 cm) Total length 15 1/2 inches (39 cm). Very good condition. Minor losses to the enamel and small areas of repairs. Small dent at the pommel top.

For more details on enameling technique in Iran see: ” A Survey of Persian Art”. Volume III, Page 2586. Oxford University Press 1939.
Price: On Request


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