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Title

Double-handled punch-dagger (katar) with cover

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Cultural origin
    Mughal
    Media category
    Arms & armour
    Materials used
    metal with gilt pattern on handle
    Dimensions

    a - dagger, 35 x 10.1 cm

    b - scabbard, 22.2 x 7.5 cm

    Credit
    Gift of J A and H D Sperling 2008
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    248.2008.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Weapons are among the finest examples of Mughal period decorative arts and this katar is an elegant example of traditional Indian weaponry. According to Stuart Carey Welch, both armourers and jewellers collaborated to produce weapons. They were also received as gifts at the imperial court, used in traditional Indian warfare and formed an integral part of royal attire. This is illustrated in two paintings in the Art Gallery’s collection. The Imperial Mughal painting, 'Jahangir as Prince Salim returning from a hunt' (EP1. 1968) shows the prince with a similar punch-dagger tucked into his waistband. In another painting, ‘Portrait of Khuda-Banda Khan’ (EP4.1962), a seated nobleman is depicted wearing a double-handled punch-dagger.

    Asian art Department, AGNSW, June 2008.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India