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.
With crisp, extremely very well-preserved wootz blade.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
With wootz blade and the jade hilt set with small rubies.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
An exceptional example with a graceful hilt with a strong presence.
Of steel construction with gold overlay. Of a type produced in Rajasthan in the early 1800s.
All the designs being true inlay, with almost no losses.
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.
With straight blade and two opposing Yali chiseled out of the forte of the blade.
Of elegant form with very crisp blade.
The handle covered with gold damascening.
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Its hilt overlaid with thick silver, then fire-gilt.
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.
Fine Indian kard with gilt copper alloy hilt, decorated with chiseled flowers.
With lunette pommel of ivory plates.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Also called jamdhar doulicaneh. Forged from a single piece of steel, complete with scabbard.
With different types of decor on either side of the hilt.
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
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 fine, early example with silver-plated details.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
With gilt-copper hilt and scabbard done in beautiful Kutch style repousse work.
The blade with an extremely thick point on a very thin blade.