Object Title

Dagger (katar)

Dagger (katar)



Object Number



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: 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



Places India

Bibliographic References

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


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