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Large southern silver gilt katar
Its hilt overlaid with thick silver, then fire-gilt.
Rajput katar with rubies and diamonds
Of steel construction with gold overlay. Of a type produced in Rajasthan in the early 1800s.
Silver chevron katar
All the designs being true inlay, with almost no losses.
An enigmatic type of katar produced in various places in India.
Southern katar with yali langets
Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
Southern katar with thick point
The blade with an extremely thick point on a very thin blade.
Double bladed katar
Also called jamdhar doulicaneh. Forged from a single piece of steel, complete with scabbard.
Northern wootz katar
With different types of decor on either side of the hilt.
Vijayanagara hooded katar
With crisp, extremely very well-preserved wootz blade.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
A northern katar in southern style
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
South Indian chiseled iron katar
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
A katar with true inlay decoration
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Simple hooded katar
Of a type that is strongly associated with the Vijayanagara empire.
A fine curved Deccan katar
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
A curved Deccan katar
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
Katar with complex ribbed blade
A substantial example, of elegant form, with a complex grooved blade.
A katar from Sindh
With markings suggesting it was a wedding gift, presented in 1832.
A katar from Bundi
The style typical for royal katar made under Maharao Ram Singh.
Silver inlaid Deccan katar
An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
18th century northern katar
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
Golden damascened boy's katar
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
A miniature piece meant for use by a small boy.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
North Indian katar with tools
With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
Heavy Rajput katar
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
South Indian katar with curved blade
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
A gilt katar with spiraled hilt
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
Golden Bundi style katar
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
Deccan katar with Bikaner marks
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
All-steel Bundi katar
The blade features a sunken panel with very finely chiseled "tree of life" motiff of small leaves.
South Indian katar with Bikaner marks
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A hooded Vijayanagara katar
A classic example of the 16th century.
Ten avatars of Vishnu katar
Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, took many mortal shapes, or "avatar"
Bikaner elephant katar
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
Vijayanagara hooded katar
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.