- Dated: 17th Century
- Culture: India
- Medium: wootz steel
- Dimensions: lenght: 34.9cm
North Indian Khanjar dagger. The hilt is of chiseled steel, with fully-modeled ram’s head pommel. The knucklebow issues from a makara’s mouth and terminates in a horse’s head, while the guard is chiseled with elephant’s heads in relief. The broad, curved double-edged blade forged of fine silver wootz damascus steel, bears two deep fullers and a pronounced median ridge, developing into a thick armor-piercing tip.
Source & Copyright: Caravana Collection
The flowing S-curve silhouette of this dress is typical of its time. A water’s-edge pattern and plant pattern, lined up in a coordinated fashion, is appliquéd and embroidered onto thin silk chiffon and expressed three-dimensionally. The influence of Art Nouveau, a decorative art style popular from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th, is evident.
It seems as if the plant pattern arranged on the skirt is of Japanese iris, blooming on the waterfront. This stylized pattern makes one recall the plants that appear in the sketch collection supervised by the artists Eugène Grasset (1845–1917) and E.A. Séguy (1889-1985) who were affected on Japonism. These stylized designs were first applied to textiles. Wooden furniture, flower vases, lighting, and various other products were later characterized by the Art Nouveau style.
I went to see Faust at the opera with my father, so I tried to make a baroque looking outfit with my burgundy Mary Magdalene dress, my Baroque Fluevog shoes, my Grimoire tights and my grandmother’s goldish pearls.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston