Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)

Date

18th century

Object Number

XXVID.71

Provenance

Purchased Christies, 10 April 1863. From the Codrington collection.

Physical Description

The blade is straight and double edged with a reinforced point. There is a shaped medial ridge flowing into four recesses on either side. Large, broad langets decorated with incised lines and pierced with drop-shaped holes act as reinforces to the blade. Rivets pass through the reinforce to secure the blade in place.There are holes in the blade on either side of the langet but these appear to be areas of loss/damage. The knuckle bow is also decorated with incised lines and grooves, and terminates in a pommel which takes the form of a zoomorphic head; the head is indistinct but appears to resemble a lion or tiger, or could alternatively represent a makara (mythological sea creature). The arms of the H-shaped hilt are flat and flare out into flounced ends surmounted with a rounded finial at the end of each arm. They are decorated with incised lines and a pair of close-set groioves contained within a cartouche of incised lines terminating in a stylised flower at each end, possibly a lotus flower. The crosspieces are spherical in the middle and are fixed to the arms with ball-headed attachments.

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength330mm
OverallLength485mm
OverallWeight0.617kg
HiltWidth91mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.350, p. 11.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.791, not in cat.

Notes

Said by Codrington to be 'used by Mahrattas and Rajputs of all ranks, chiefly by the irregular infantry. (From) Chicacole, 1750. Called a 'tooroom'.