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Dagger (Katar) and Sheath

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Indian, Mughal
Medium:
Steel, leather, gold
Dimensions:
L. 19 in. (48.26 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.973a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
Daggers of this type, called katars, were designed to be held by the cross bars in a clenched fist. This is one of the few that retains its embossed leather scabbard. Elaborately decorated examples worn thrust through a waist sash, can be seen in many Indian paintings of this period.
[William Ockelford Oldman, London, before 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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