Child katar
This item has been sold.
Overall length

27.8 cm

Blade length

14.2 cm

Blade thickness

Base 4.6 mm

Tip 5.8 mm

Blade width

Base 37 mm

Tip 16 mm

Weight

184 grams

Point of balance

2 cm into hilt

Hilt inside width

40 mm

Origin

Chauhar Rajput

Bundi, Rajasthan

North India

Dating

Early 19th century

Provenance

From a French collector

Sold

Interested?
Anything similar for sale?

Contact me

Description

A charming little Rajput child's katar. The blade has a sunken panel with a raised cypress motif, representing the tree of life. The hilt has a graceful base that looks like an open book seen from the side. It has flat side bars and slightly swelling handlebars. Between the bars are tiny floral elements and a small bar in the center, connecting the grip bars. These last two features are typical for katar produced at Bundi in the 19th century.

Katars Hendley

Five katars as depicted in Hendley; Ulwar and its art treasures of 1888.
The middle one is produced at Bundi:

"(3) Blade, steel with three ridges, of which the centre is like a cypress tree. 
Sheath, wood covered with scarlet velvet and a gold band. Made at Boondi in 1803 by Thakursidas, an Ulwar servant.
Total cost, Rs. 200;
steel, Rs 50;
gold, Rs 100;
labour, Rs 50.
Length 18 1/8 inches."

 

The hilt is entirely decorated with geometric and floral motifs in silver and gold, a style called Ganga - Jamni.1

Child katarCompared to a full-sized Bundi katar.

Both outsides are the same, but the inside bars have a slightly different motif on either side so the wearer could switch which one is in view. A clever and rarer feature on katar.

 

Notes
1. See Glossary article: Ganga - Jamni.

Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar
Rajput child's katar

Do you have anything for sale?

I might be interested in buying it.

Contact me
Currently available:

With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.

€3800,-

Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.

€1650,-

A nice example with unusually fine lacquerwork and a monogram in the lid.

€3800,-

With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.

€17500,-

Extremely large example with nearly full-length Western blade.

€2750,-

Early type with very shallow notch in the blade and little flare in the pommel.

€2750,-