Freer Gallery of Art

Meteoric iron dagger of Emperor Jahangir
India, Mughal dynasty, 1621 Watered steel blade with meteoric iron, iron hilt, and gold inlay Purchase Fl955.27a-b
At dawn a tremendous noise arose in the east. It tvas so terrifying that it nearly frightened the inhabitants out of their skins. Then, in the midst of tumultuous noise, something bright fell to the earth from above....
From the Jahangirmima (1605 -24)
"Thus did Emperor Jahangir describe a meteor that landed within his kingdom in April 1621. His fascination with unusual natural events and his power to harness their aura—is revealed by this dagger's blade, forged from the glittering meteorite. Jahangir further noted that the blade "cut beautifully, as well as the very best swords."

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