London: A gold-encrusted dagger belonging to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is expected to fetch £500,000 when auctioned at Bonhams on Thursday.

The dagger is part of the collection of Islamic and Indian art and artefacts of the late textile businessman, Jacques Desenfans.

Driven by his passion for Islamic, Indian and South East Asian history and culture, Desenfans spent over 50 years amassing one of the most important collections, which includes arms and armour, pottery and works of art.

Bonhams, the international fine art auction house, will sell this collection on Thursday. Bonhams described the dagger, dated 1629-30 A.D., as an “elegant and understated personal dagger.” The inscriptions in nasta’liq script on the blade include Shah Jahan’s official titles, date and place of birth, and the honorific parasol (an ancient pan-Asian symbol of divinity of royalty indicating that it was his personal dagger. — PTI