Hooded Katara Dagger
- Dated: mid 16th century
- Place of Origin: South India (Srirangam or Tanjore)
- Measurements: overall length: 22in (560mm). Blade length: 15in (380mm)
A similar weapon exists in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (No.36.25.905) and is pictured on page 146 (fig.15.3) in the “Hindu Arms & Ritual” book by Robert Elgood.
This particular one was locally made, featuring a multi fullered blade. The shell guard, or hood, ends with a yali finial. There are overlaid steel borders, which interestingly have fine rope twist decoration.
Made in Islamic style, the katar has four cusp arch design where the hilt meets the blade.
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