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Katar (an Indian type of dagger)

Creation date: 17th century-18th century
Creation place: India

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Type: Metal Dagger
Medium and Support: Steel
Credit Line: Gift of Rolando Schinasi
Accession Number: 2004.200
Dimensions: 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)


Rolando Schinasi, Nice, France ( - 2004)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (2004 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Daggers such as this, known as katars (Sanskrit for ‘dagger’), are in a form that is unique to India. They were extremely common in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries among soldiers and courtly noblemen of the warrior class. The delicate vegetal scrollwork and abstract motifs are inlaid with gold. Katars were worn in the belt, as seen in many royal portraits.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017

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