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Old 25th January 2014, 11:26 PM   #1
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Indian weapons are a bit outside my main interests, but I really liked this katar. I know very little about it and katars in general. Per Pant, it would appear that the correct name is jamadhar, but katar seems to have become the accepted term among collectors, so I am sticking with it. My guess is that my is from Northern India, Rajasthan perhaps? It has a wootz blade (always hard to photograph for me), and a hilt with gold koftgari decoration. Unfortunately, the hilt is in rough shape, with losses to the koftgari. There is an inscription below the guard, but I doubt anyone would be able to read it as it appears some of it has been erased. The scabbard is missing the chape, but at least it looks like it is the original scabbard.

Can the Indian weapons experts venture a guess on age (mine would be early 19th century) and area of origin?

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Old 26th January 2014, 04:18 AM   #2
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I would agree with a 19th C. dating, possibly earlier. It's quite uncommon to find one with Devangari writing in koftgari, which yours appears to have remnants of. The form and shape are similar to one I had a few years back. I would imagine they would be more likely to be from a similar area. The tools on the one that I had were overlaid in a very similar style koftgari.
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Old 27th January 2014, 05:45 PM   #3
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Thank you ArmsAndAntiques, the example you show, while much finer than mine, is very similar in form. Interesting to see all the utensils as well.

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Is it possible that someone can translate what is left of the text on TVV's katar?
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I sent a pic of the inscription to my study coordinator ( she is from Chennai).
Do not expect quick answer: itís New Year time.
Moreover, who knows what language was used.
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What makes it extra hard is the rust underneath that has lifted off the overlying koftgari.
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Old 31st December 2019, 05:24 PM   #7
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Jose was correct: the inscription is mutilated by rust.
The last word in it is " Rajah".
For the rest, my res. asst. sent pics to India, she has several friends who are linguists. But even she has very little hope.....
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Well, one word is better than nothing. Thank you and your friend, Ariel,

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Old 31st December 2019, 08:28 PM   #9
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Ariel, thanks for your assistance, but do you know in language it is written?
This could, maybe, point to a region. I think Rajasthan is correct, but it might help.

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Sorry, forgot to mention: Hindi.
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