Caucasian qama / kindjal, 18th to 19th century, steel, horn, wood, leather, silver, L. 19 5/16 in. (49.1 cm); L. of blade 14 in. (35.6 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.
Indian Bagh Nakh (Tiger Claws), 19th century or earlier. It is composed of several small and curved blades on a connecting bar and rings for the fingers. This example has four claw blades and two longer dagger style blades. Blades 5 inches, claws 2 ½ inches. Both the blades and the bar are decorated with gold inlay work and inscriptions. An interesting but cruel weapon, never considered as a legitimate fighting weapon.