This exquisite dagger, once owned by Claude Martin, is an intriguing example of amalgamated Mughal and European taste and craftsmanship. The rock crystal hilt is sumptuously embellished with birds, flowers and buds picked out in rubies with miniature tigers' head quillons. This dagger, of a type frequently depicted in Mughal miniature paintings, gives a sense of the opulence and artistry of the Mughal court. Please note that a maximum of 25 people can attend talks. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Free, no need to book.
Talks: Francesca Levey, 1 and 29 October at 1pm