Bejeweled Moghul Kard Dagger
- Dated: circa 1690
- Culture: Indian, Moghul
- Medium: Burma rubies, white jade, gold and Damascus steel
- Measurements: 11 1/4” length. Blade: 7” length
This rare and extraordinary 17th-century Moghul knife, known as a kard, boasts an exquisite white jade handle covered with rare Burma rubies and engraved gold. The pommel features a large cabochon Burma ruby set in gold, and a fine Damascus blade makes the knife as functional as it is stunning.
An elegant knife such as this is phenomenal in its intricate and delicate design. It would have likely been commissioned for a high-ranking official or nobleman in the Moghul Empire, and would have been worn as part of his formal attire. An early knife wrought from such luxurious materials is a highly desired object among collectors today.
- The Moghul Empire was the dominant power in the Indian subcontinent between the mid-16th century and the early 18th century. Founded in 1526, the empire officially survived until 1858, when the last remnant of the empire was absorbed into the British Raj. The Moghul artistic tradition was eclectic, borrowing from the European Renaissance as well as from Persian and Indian sources.
- The Moghul painters, architects, and designers derived individual motifs and certain naturalistic effects from Renaissance and Mannerist design, but their basic structuring principle was derived from Indian and Persian traditions. Hailing from a culture known for resplendent artistry, this knife successfully elevates weapons craftsmanship to a brilliant art form.
"Pot Luck" by Gil Elvgren, 1961
Good luck on your finals everyone!
From the ladies of Mass Effect
it’s just a hot flash it’ll pass
Can we just stop for a moment and appreciate how much Miranda loves Oriana? As a teenager, Miranda rescues Oriana, not wanting her to grow up in the same circumstances that she did. Miranda wants Oriana to have a normal happy life because Miranda knows, even as a teenager, that she’s too messed up to be able to live a ‘normal’ life. She wants Oriana to have everything that Miranda’s ever wanted about/dreamed about and she’s going to damn well be sure that Oriana gets it. She secures Oriana in a good home, she could have very well tried to raise Oriana herself, but she knew that to get the best life possible, Oriana would have to grow up with parents and in a stable environment - something Miranda could never provide. Miranda watches over her all of these years (19 to be exact), has hired spies/mercenaries to constantly watch over her in case their father finally discovers Oriana’s location. Miranda acts completely in the shadows, never once letting Oriana know she exists out of fear for her safety. She would do anything for Oriana, even give up her life as what happens in some playthroughs in ME3. She’s so devoted and asks for nothing in return from her sister. She loves Oriana that much. I just - I can’t deal with my Lawson sister feelings.
Baby Elcor headcanon.
I imagine all noises baby Elcor make sound the same to other species. Only an Elcor can tell if they’re crying, babbling or laughing.
Playing “I Was Lost Without You” faster gives it a completely other mood.