A similarly decorated dagger of this form, along with its sheath, is preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum no. 3467(IS) to 3467A/(IS). Compare also a dagger and scabbard, the jade hilt decorated with swirling floral vine design inset with various gemstones, sold in our London rooms, 25th April 2015, lot 26; and another, sold at Christie’s London, 27th April 2004, lot 133.
Although jades embellished with colourful gemstones set in gold kundan settings were reserved for high ranking individuals in India, such exotic objects were introduced to China in the 18th century as diplomatic gifts to the Qing imperial court and subsequently replicated in the Zaobanchu (the Palace Workshops). See two Mughal-style jade daggers of similar form, attributed to the Qianlong period, from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum.Treasures of Imperial Court, Hong Kong, 2004, pls 169-170.
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