Bejeweled Kutch Katar
Place of Origin: Gujerat, India
Date: 19th Century
Sold to a private collector June 2016 and included here for future reference and for academic reasons.
A beautiful and extremely rare nineteenth century example of an Indian Katar from Sind or Kutch, described as a ‘Garsoee Katar’ by Egerton (1880).
Of iconic shape and form, the copper gilt hilt has sweeping side bars and a central rhomboidal grip, giving the hilt an attractive sculptural quality which make this a favorite of arms and art collectors alike. This example is distinct from the classical Kutch katar, see Runjeet Singh catalogue, Arms and Armour of the East (2015), cat.no.3, p.11. The setting of numerous foil backed crystals on the hilt being almost unique.
The scabbard is equally as magnificent, with a large brooch of gilt copper base, surrounded with a row of pearls, and set with green and red stones in a kundan manner. The scabbard covered with pleasingly worn maroon silk velvet. The scabbard chape of gilt copper chased with flowers in the classical Kutch style.
The only other bejeweled example from Kutch known to the author can be found at Powis Castle. See Archer/Rowell/Skelton (1987), cat.no.23, p.51.