Welcome to my blog. I have an affinity for pretty things.
- Culture: Indian
- Medium: steel, white jade, gold and rubies
- Measurements: 37.6 x 6.4 x 2.3 cm
- Acquirer: King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910), when Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (married) (1863-1901)
- Provenance: Presented to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales by Maharajah Jung Bahadur Rana, ruler of Nepal during his visit to India in 1875-6
This khanjar features a two edged re-curved blade with two deep grooves each side terminating in open-work scrolls. The blade is thickened at point while the hilt is made of green jade with a scrolled pommel set with rubies in a floral design.
The Jeweled Skeletons were originally found in catacombs beneath Rome in 1578, and distributed as replacements under the belief they were Christian martyrs to churches that had lost their saint relics in the Reformation. However, for most, their identities were not known. The receiving churches then spent years covering the revered skeletal strangers with jewels and golden clothing, even filling their eye sockets and sometimes adorning their teeth with finery. Yet when the Enlightenment came around they became a little embarrassing for the sheer amount of money and excess they represented, and many were hidden away or disappeared. Koudounaris tracked down the dead survivors. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]