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Jambia Dagger of Aurangzeb

unknown1700/1710

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi

This is the personal jambia of Aurangzeb (r. 1658 -1707) bearing his name and an inscription in gold saying “With this dagger (key) I (Aurangzeb) have opened the lock of India’s destiny.”

The jambia is originally an Arab form of dagger but is found in all those countries where Arabs have lived. The blade of this jambia is made of Damascus steel of the finest quality and has wavy edges. Its hilt is of walrus ivory. The sheath that accompanies this dagger is modern.

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  • Title: Jambia Dagger of Aurangzeb
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 1700/1710
  • Location: Mughal, Delhi
  • Physical Dimensions: 37.5 cm
  • Accession Number: 59.400/318

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