An Indian thrusting katar
An Indian thrusting katar, Vijayanagara, second half of the 16th century. The tapered blade cut with multiple fullers and with tip swollen is secured by a pair of shaped and engraved reinforcing plates. The engraved sail shaped guard has a stylised lion's head finial. Swollen sidebars, the handlebars formed by a pair of freely turning swollen bars. In its later wooden sheath covered with printed cotton. Well worn and cleaned.
Blade length 14¼" (36cms) Overall length 20½" (52cms)
See R. Elgood "Hindu Arms and Ritual" Delft 2004, Chapter 15 entitled "Sixteenth Century Katars from Srirangam" for an account of these katars.