18 C. Kattar with Curved Blade

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Origin: Rajasthan, India

Date: 18 C.

The Kattar push dagger is one of the most common and known blades of the Indian arsenal. It comes in endless number of sizes, shapes , styles, decoration and quality. It is probably coming from the Deccan 15 C.  and spread all over the subcontinent and produced well into the 20C.

Most of the kattars blades are straight. Less common are kattars with curved blades. More scarce are kattars with “Blade eyes”, pierced large  apertures at the base of the blade.

The kattar offered here is of this rare type. Short massive  curved blade of diamond cross section with the “eyes” at the blade forte. Wide side bars and thick central bar with split ends. The blade forte as well as the handle bars are richly decorated with gold koftgari work.

Blade length 6 inches (15 cm). Total length 12 1/2 inches (32 cm). Good condition to age. some losses to the gold koftgari work. No scabbard.

For a similar kattar see Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Accession Number:36.25.917. Bequest of G.C. Stone.
Also: Dr. G. N. Pant “Indian Arms and Armor ” Plate CXXXIX
Price: On request


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