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Indian; Pratapgarh

Katar and scabbard

RCIN 11407

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This type of punch dagger (katar), with its curved sideguards and central sculptural grip, is often called a garsoee katar and is associated with the region of Cutch, in western India. However, it is inset with roundels of pierced gold foils fused with coloured glass called thewa plaques, which were produced by only a handful of workshops based in central India, namely Pratapgarh, Ratlam and Indore.

It was presented to Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875–76 by Zahir-ud-Daula, Nawab of Arcot.