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Dagger: O.104-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The blade of steel is straight and double edged, cut down from an imported European broadsword blade. The hilt is formed of two broad rectangular section bars joined by a grip formed of two bars with large conjoined central lobed knops, and smaller knops at either side joined to each other with additional central knops. At the front is a deeply curved concave bar attached to the blade by heavy langets terminating in lotus buds, with three rivets. The bars and langets are bordered by bands of engraved guilloche or wavy lines, the ground between being hatched and formerly silvered overall; only traces now remain

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 32.7 cm
Overall Length: 49.7 cm
Weight: 630 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


Mid 17th century
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


See Elgood 2004: 145, 157–62 for this general group of south Indian katars.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 104
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Text: 104
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.104-1879
Primary reference Number: 158419
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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