A knife scabbard




India, Lucknow


19th century


Casting, forging, chasing, carving, enameling


Silver, enamels, wood


Length 405 mm

The scabbard is made of silver with a convex locket, four annular friezes and a bud-shaped tip. In addition, there are different-shaped small medallions filled with transparent green enamel. The rest of the surface is decorated with silver flower heads and foliage against a dark blue and green enameled background. The recessed middle of each flower head is filled with green or dark blue enamel to contrast with the color of surrounding background.

COMMENT. The scabbard was intended for a kard knife, which was supposed to be immersed into them until about the middle of the handle. The scabbards of similar design were popular both in Iran and in India, however, the decoration of the presented example demonstrates a special style of enameling on silver, which is traditionally associated with the city of Lucknow, the capital of the present-day state of Uttar Pradesh in North India.