Sword hilt

1680-1720 (made)

Unknown

Height: 17.5 cm, Width: 9.7 cm

630-1875 SSEA

Sword hilt; white nephrite jade set with diamonds and rubies in gold; Mughal, late 17th or early 18th century.

Sword hilt; white nephrite jade set with diamonds and rubies in gold. The decorative design is typically Mughal in the setting and treatment of the stones.

The hilt was in the important collection of Mughal jades and other hardstones formed by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie in the mid-19th century. Guthrie was known to have bought pieces that had been in the Mughal treasury in Delhi (broken up in 1857), and the Sikh treasury (annexed by the British in 1849), but not specifically which pieces in his collection came from which source. Part of his collection was bought by the Indian Museum and the rest of it was sold at auction at Christie's, London, in 1875, when a Mr T. M. Whitehead bought this hilt, selling it to the South Kensington Museum later that same year.

The hilt was in the important collection of Mughal jades and other hardstones formed by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie in the mid-19th century. Guthrie was known to have bought pieces that had been in the Mughal treasury in Delhi (broken up in 1857), and the Sikh treasury (annexed by the British in 1849), but not specifically which pieces in his collection came from which source. Part of his collection was bought by the Indian Museum and the rest of it was sold at auction at Christie's, London, in 1875, when a Mr T. M. Whitehead bought this hilt, selling it to the South Kensington Museum later that same year.

Location: In Storage

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