Long bladed Deccan katar
Overall length

78 cm (!)

Blade length

57.1 cm

Blade thickness

Base 3.25 mm

Middle 1.5 mm

5 cm from tip 1.5 mm

Blade thickness

Base 43.5 mm

Middle 35.5 mm

5 cm from tip 29 mm

Weight

760 grams

Point of balance

2 cm 

from shoulders of hilt

Materials

Iron, steel, silver

Origin

The Deccan, South India

Dating

17th century

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Description

A Deccan katar with a long, cut-down European blade. It has two shallow grooves near the base, and remains of what seem like markings on one side. Unusual for the type is that the tip is ground in a triangular fashion, making it more cut-centric than thrusting, more like the pata sword. The blade is riveted to two langets in typical South Indian style. The sidebars are exceptionally wide, offering more protection than the conventional-sized ones.

The decoration consists of sprays of flowers on a central stem, executed in silver overlay on a blackened iron ground. The flowers can be identified as marigolds, majestic flowers of African origin that gained great popularity among Mughal and Deccan elites, who imported them and kept them in special botanical gardens.

The piece's decoration, style, and construction all point towards a Deccan origin, probably from the 17th century.

Comes complete with an old black leather-covered scabbard of a somewhat later date.

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