An Indian dagger katar
An Indian dagger katar, Vijayanagara, second half of the 16th Century. The tapered blade with thickened point is cut with multiple narrow fullers. The sail shaped guard has chiselled borders and a finial in the form of a stylised animal’s head. The side bars of waisted form and the handle bars are swollen. Cleaned overall with some light pitting.
Blade length 13” (33cms) Overall length 19” (48cms)
See R Elgood “Hindu Arms and Ritual” Delft 2004 Chapter 5 Nos 15.3 and 15.4 for precisely similar katars in the Metropolitan Museum New York and an account of their development