London, July 20
The UK government has stepped in to place a temporary export bar on an 18th century Mughal era dagger and scabbard, worth over 1 million pounds, to allow a British institution or buyer to bid for the rare historic artefact.
The dagger was owned by Robert Clive, referred to as Clive of India for his early colonisation role, and collected during his time in the country.
It is likely to have been acquired by Clive in 1757 following his victory for the East India Company at the Battle of Plassey in Bengal.
“This beautiful example of a Mughal dagger and scabbard has a lot to teach us about both the British in India and the nature of diplomatic gifts at the time,” said UK Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage.
“I hope a UK-based buyer is found so this magnificent item can be studied and enjoyed for years to come,” she said.