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Katar from Bikaner with chiseled elephants

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks



Overall length: 43.7 cm / 17.2 inch
Blade length: 22.5 cm / 8.9 inch
Thickness: forte 6 mm, middle 7 mm, near tip 8 mm
Blade width: forte 65 mm, middle 46 mm, near tip 26 mm
Weight without scabbard: 592 grams


Origin: Rajasthan, India.
Materials: Steel.
Dating: Probably 18th century.

Provenance: The Bikanér armory, Bikanér.

DESCRIPTION
An interesting katar from Rajasthan. It has a wide blade with four grooves running side-by side and terminating into a single point on the center ridge line of the blade. There are four archers at the base of the blade with decorative engravings at the base of each groove. The most striking feature of this piece are the two facing elephants on top of the base of the blade, chiseled three dimensionally.

The hilt consists of two side-bars, hollow ground on the outside while the inside has two facets, with a well-defined center ridge line dividing them. The handle consists of two bars of hexagonal cross-section with a prominent thickening in the center, connected by a pierced plate and a chiseled rod on either side. The elephants may be a reference to a rather similarly positioned pair of elephants adorning the gate of Bundi palace.

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks
Bikaner punched dot marking "Bhi 282"

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks
Bikaner punched dot marking "Bhi 502"

Not all items with Bikaner markings are from Bikaner itself, and although this katar has all the hallmarks of Rajasthani manufacture, it may have been made elsewhere.



CONCLUSION
A nice all-steel north Indian katar with Bikaner provenance. Its most striking feature are the opposing pair of elephants chiseled on top of the blade's base. Arms from the Bikaner armory usually tend to be more plain, this elaborately chiseled example is a rarer find.


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An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks

An all-steel katar with chiseled elephants and Bikaner armory marks



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