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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 267

    A MUGHAL ALL STEEL KATAR

    NORTH INDIA OR THE DECCAN, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A MUGHAL ALL STEEL KATAR
    NORTH INDIA OR THE DECCAN, 17TH CENTURY
    The tapering pointed double-edged blade with pronounced armour-piercing tip, engraved with a panel of grooves in the centre together with engraved and carved floral designs, the double grip and long shafts all covered with a delicate lozenge faceting
    19¾in. (50.1cm.) long


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    The faceting seen on the hilt of this dagger is a rare form of decoration that dates back to the classic Mughal period. It was the design that covered the exquisite emerald cup and cover sold in these Rooms 24 September 2003, lot 168, and is also used on an unpublished rock crystal bowl in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is used on a rock crystal hilt that was dated to the 18th century (Silk and Stone, the Art of Asia, the Third Hali Annual, London, 1996, p.212, Marukh Desai advertisement).

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