Skip to main content

As a public health precaution, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14 until further notice. Please continue to check back frequently at npg.si.edu or si.edu for updates. In the meantime, please explore our website, resource materials and online exhibitions. 

Dagger with the handle in the shape of a lion's head

Dagger with the handle in the shape of a lion
Usage Conditions Apply
Date
1650-1700
Period
Mughal dynasty
Type
Weapon and Armament
Medium
Watered steel inlaid with gold and agate
Dimensions
H x W x D: 32.1 x 3 x 3.9 cm (12 5/8 x 1 3/16 x 1 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Accession Number
F1998.9
Previous custodian or owner
John Lawrence Fine Arts
Provenance
To 1998
John Lawrence Fine Arts, London, acquired from an unidentified European vendor, to 1998 [1]
From 1998
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from John Lawrence Fine Arts in 1998
Notes:
[1] John Lawrence Fine Arts acquired the object from a European vendor; the object had arrived in England sometime in the early part of the 20th century (according to Curatorial Note 2, Massumeh Farhad, February 4, 1998, in the object record.
Data Source
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Related Online Resources
Google Cultural Institute
See more items in
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Origin
India
Usage
Usage conditions apply