Taj Mahal Emperor’s gold encrusted dagger up for $1million
Since I have just returned from Agra last month and am still dazed by the astounding beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this bit of news caught my eye immediately. Yeah, am talking of Taj Mahal that was built by Shah Jahan to express his love for his wife. You’ve got to be there to believe! Moving on to the reason behind my writing all this is the gold encrusted dagger that was once owned by this Indian Emperor. This dagger that is dated back to 17th century is estimated to go under the hammer for $1 million on 10th of April. The fabulous sardonyx-hilted dagger is typical of Shah Jahan’s taste and character in a number of ways. The handle of this dagger reflects his love of rare and previous stones while its workmanship represents the skills of the Mughal atelier at this peak of refinement. The weapon itself is emblematic of its owner’s sometime murderous tendencies. The Inscriptions on the back of the blade include Jahan’s official titles, date and place of birth, and an ‘honorific parasol’ – an ancient pan-Asian symbol of divinity of royalty.