A South Indian dagger Katar from the Tanjore Armoury
A South Indian dagger Katar from the Tanjore Armoury, 17th century, straight Firangi blade. Blade mount and pierced dish shaped “guard” chiselled with flowering foliage. Broad hilt sides each chiselled with a column of 6 birds of diminishing sizes, complex handle bars hollowed, pierced, fluted and with whorl shaped steel beads.
Blade length 11” (28cms) Overall length 18¼” (46cms)
For a hilt of comparable design in the Metropolitan Museum (No.36.25.787), New York, see R. Elgood "Hindu Arms and Ritual" Delft 2004, p.161 No.15.37.