Rajasthani boy's katar
Overall length

27 cm

Blade length

14 cm

Blade thickness

Base 5.5 mm

Middle 4.5 mm

At swollen tip 5.5 mm

Blade width

Base 52 mm

Middle 27 mm

At swollen tip 19 mm

Weight

173 grams

Origin

Rajasthan, possibly Bundi

Materials

Iron, steel, gold, wood, silk velvet, silver

Dating

1800-1850

Price €1500, -

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Introduction

In many old warrior cultures, boys started training at a very young age. Sometimes as young as five years old. To this end, most of these cultures produced their traditional weapons in a small size as well. Small swords, small bows and arrows, even small muskets are encountered. Today, these items are rather rare.

This example

Presented in this article is a fine small katar for a child or young boy, attributable to the Rajput warrior caste. The overall form is typical Rajasthani and reminiscent of katar made in Bundi, especially the base of the blade and shape of the handle bars.

The blade has slightly concave edges and a swollen, reinforced tip. There is a pronounced center ridge, with a golden damascened flower chiseled at the base.

The steel is forge folded, pattern-welded showing dots with rings, a type of pattern called "bird's eye". The blade is in as found condition and the pattern not showing very prominently anymore. A polish by Philip Tom could bring out the pattern once again.

The hilt is of classic form with two swelling handle bars in between paralel side-bars. It is decorated with geometric and floral designs in gold, in a typical Rajasthani fashion. There are crosswide connections betwen the handle-bars, often seen on katar from Bundi.1

Comes complete with its original wooden scabard, covered with green velvet and adorned with silver thread.

 

Notes
1. Thomas Holbein Hendley; Ulwar and its art treasures, London: W. Griggs, 1888.

Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar
Golden damascened boy's katar

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