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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.