An Indian thrusting dagger katar
An Indian thrusting dagger katar, Vijayanagara, second half of the 16th century. The broad flat blade with a swollen point is secured by a pair of pierced and shaped reinforcing plates. The sail shaped guard has reinforcing plates along the central ridge and edges, and ends with a stylised lion's head finial (an extra reinforcing bar securing the tip of the guard to the end of the side wings has been removed). A pair of vase shaped swollen turnings form the handle bars. In its later wooden sheath covered with printed cotton. Well worn and cleaned.
Blade length 14½" (37cms) Overall length 21" (53cms)
See R. Elgood "Hindu Arms and Ritual" Delft 2004, Chapter 15 entitled "Sixteenth Century Katars from Srirangam" for an account of these katars.