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A large Mughal gem-set enamelled dagger (katar), India, 17th century

A large Mughal gem-set enamelled dagger (katar), India, 17th century

A large Mughal gem-set enamelled dagger (katar), India, 17th century

the enamelled hilt with a double grip, decorated with gold-mounted diamonds and rubies forming floral motifs against an emerald enamelled ground


44cm.

In fair condition, the blade probably associated, losses to the enamels, some stones missing, minor restoration to the enamels and the gilt, some residue of dirt, as viewed.


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This magnificent katar is one of the finest and grandest examples of this form of weaponry, a form unique to the Indian Subcontinent. Similar examples, decorated with precious stones, are now in the al-Sabah Collection (Keene 2001, cat.11-16, pp.54-66). A comparable katar, which combined a green enamelled ground with precious stones, sold at Sotheby’s New York, 24 March 2011, lot 103.