Child katar
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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


184 grams

Point of balance

2 cm into hilt

Hilt inside width

40 mm


Chauhar Rajput

Bundi, Rajasthan

North India


Early 19th century


From a French collector


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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.


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

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