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Dagger: O.108-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The blade of steel is straight and double edged, with six narrow grooves forming a chevron. 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 three rivets. The bars and langets are bordered by bands of engraved wavy lines, the ground between being fretted with an interlace pattern between crude floral panels. The inside of the front bar and the langets are similarly decorated with crude incised flowers.


History note: From Ganjam. Probably from Tanjore arsenal

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 29.1 cm
Overall Length: 44.5 cm
Weight: 545 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.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 108
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.108-1879
Primary reference Number: 158423
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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