Fine deccan curved katar
Overall length

43 cm

Blade length

26.2 cm

Blade thickness

Base 4.5 mm

Middle 4 mm

Reinforced tip 4 mm

Blade width

Base 28 mm

Middle 23 mm

Reinforced tip 11 mm

Weight

370 grams

Point of balance

At blade/hilt junction

Origin

The Deccan, India

Materials

Steel, iron, remains of gold

Dating

Late 17th century

Price €4000, -

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Introduction

Description

A fine curved katar with a gently curved blade. It has a very crisp central rib and two narrow grooves that demarcate the contours of the blade. Such features are also found on Ottoman daggers and probably inspired by them. The blade appears to be a fine crucible steel, possibly wootz.

The blade is held by two langets that project over the base of the blade, a typical southern design feature. The langets are of elegant form and are nicely pierced and chiseled. At their base are what appear to be two tigers, judging from the stripes, with their tails touching.

The hilt is of typical 17th-century southern form with a domed base with reinforced shoulders. The typical southern ball grips on this example are unusually well-chiseled, giving it great sculptural qualities.

 

Dating and attribution

The overall style of the piece is southern, with some mild northern features like the narrow sidebars with center rib in them. Probably southern Mughal or Deccan Sultanates. 17th century.

 

Condition

In good condition, especially for age. See pics. Remains of golden decoration here and there. A slight bend in one of the sidebars.

 

Conclusion

A rather fine example of a curved katar, with a precisely shaped blade and nicely chiseled hilt. Of typical overall southern form but with mild northern features, it is probably attributable to Islamic rule in the Deccan.

Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar
Fine Deccan curved katar

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