Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVID.103

Provenance

Old Tower collection.

Physical Description

The blade is short, straight and double edged, with a hollowed panel at the centre. Each panel is divided into an upper and lower section. On one side there is a female figure, possibly a ghost, in the lower section, and in the upper is chiselled a mounted hunter hawking. On the other side is a similar female, and an elephant. The H-shaped hilt has two cross grips, and is deeply chiselled with floral ornament and gilt.
The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet, and has a small chape decorated with a gilt flower.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The overall length of the dagger is 370 mm. The length of the blade is 193 mm. The length of the scabbard is 214 mm. Weight: The weight of the dagger is 0.630 kg. The weight of the scabbard is 0.05 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places India

Bibliographic References

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 16

Notes

Returned from loan to the British Museum c.1963, but the old class xv no. was removed and not recorded.