Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, took many mortal shapes, or "avatar"
A classic example of the 16th century.
An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
An exceptional example with a graceful hilt with a strong presence.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
With straight blade and two opposing Yali chiseled out of the forte of the blade.
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
The handle covered with gold damascening.
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
The slender blade is made of flawless wootz steel in boldly contrasting shades of silver and dark grey.
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
A fine, early example with silver-plated details.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
The blade features a sunken panel with very finely chiseled "tree of life" motiff of small leaves.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Probably from the late Kandyan period.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
With a good quality wootz blade.
A rare, early south Indian dagger with Bikaner armory markings
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
Fitting in a single scabbard. Modest for Sinhalese work.
Also known as kothimora khukuri, in a scabbard with repousse silver mounts.
Unusually large and with all-metal handle that opens with a screw.
Of a type that is strongly associated with the Vijayanagara empire.