An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
Base 7 mm
Middle 7 mm
Tip 8.5 mm
Base 59 mm
Middle 29 mm
Tip 21 mm
1 cm from hilt
Iron, wootz steel, gold
Southwest of Rajasthan or Gujarat
Anything similar for sale?
A nice North Indian katar dagger. Its wootz blade has a prominent center ridge and thickened armor-piercing tip.
The hilt consists of two narrow, slightly hollow sidebars that end in a point. The handlebars merge into a larger triangular element.
Both blade and hilt style are of a type I've come to associate with the southwestern part of Rajasthan, mainly Sirohi, and Gujarat.
The hilt is overlaid with patterns in gold, showing a slightly different pattern on either side. This enabled the wearer to wear either side up.
The piece comes with a certificate of authenticity that was issued by the Parisian dealer Slim Bouchoucha in 1979, the year I was born.
It was slightly oversold, the date given for the piece on the certificate is 17th century, and the piece is clearly from the 19th century. Late 18th at best if we are very optimistic.
Still, it's fun to have documents to travel with pieces like that that give some background on where they have been.
The piece comes with a matte black metal stand for displaying it upright.
Here shown to the right, at PAN Amsterdam 2022.
Do you have anything for sale?
I might be interested in buying it.Contact me
Mentioning the son of a Maharajah and a year corresponding to 1887 A.D.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal…
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.