Introduction to Bikanēr

The Bikanēr armory is situated in the city of Bikanēr, which in turn lies in the former princely state of Bikanēr. It contains weapons of local manufacture but also a sizeable amount of weapons taken as booty from southern campaigns under Anup Singh.

A substantial part of the armory was sold in the late 20th century to a number of UK antique dealers, and pieces have been circulating in the international antique arms scene since. Various pieces made its way to notable museums like the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Royal Armories in Leeds, and to institutions like the Furusiyya Art Foundation, while others are in private hands.

For an elaborate article on the Bikanēr armory, see: The Bikaner Armory

Arms from the Bikaner armory

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An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.

€750,-

Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".

€1500,-

With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.

€2300,-

With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.

€1900,-

With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.

€4000,-

This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:

€2000,-
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