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Dagger: O.105-1879

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Maker: Unknown




The blade of steel is straight and double edged, with a medial rib and hollow ground at either side. The hilt is formed of two broad rectangular section bars joined by a grip formed of two bars with central fluted balusters, and mouldings at either side. At the front is a deeply curved concave bar attached to the blade by langets terminating in lotus buds, with a single rivet. The bars and langets are bordered by bands of engraved wavy lines, the ground between being fretted with an interlace pattern. The inside of the front bar and the langets are similarly decorated with crude incised flowers and hatching. Much of the decoration is obscured by thick black paint. The blade is pitted from its earlier corrosion


History note: From Tanjore arsenal, but unnumbered.

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 28 cm
Overall Length: 46 cm
Weight: 420 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


See Elgood 2004: 145, 157–62 for this general group of south Indian katars. Note this one has an Indian blade, which might make it earlier. Clearly part of the ‘Ganjam’ group, numbered O.105-1879 by elimination.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.105-1879
Primary reference Number: 158420
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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