Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

XXVID.16

Provenance

Presented by the Indian Government, 1861. From the Indian disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

The iron, H-shaped hilt is very large, and the side pieces are chiselled with a chevron pattern within pearled borders. The same pearled edges border the arching base of the hilt where the blade attaches. This curved bar is partially broken. The grip takes the form of two round bars, each with a greater diameter in five places giving the appearance of five cylinders. These raised portions are chiselled with zig-zag markings. The blade is heavy and double edged, with a very solid reinforced point and shallow fullers on either side of the central rib.

Dimensions

BladeLength397mm
OverallLength758mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addenda to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.226, p. 7.

W. Egerton, An Illustrated Handbook of Indian Arms, London, 1880, no. 507T, p. 116, pl. x.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.769, p. 32.