A Katar with Gold-encrusted Hilt, c. 1760

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Item ref: 1735

  • India
  • Steel and gold
  • 45 cm / 18 in


Private collection, United Kingdom

The katar is a type of Indian push dagger. The weapon is characterised by its H-shaped horizontal hand grip which results in the blade sitting above the knuckles. Unique to the subcontinent, ceremonial katars were also used in worship.