18th Century Fine Wootz Steel Northern Indian Katar Constructed of fine wootz steel. Patterns visible on both sides of the fullered blade. The edge is highly polished which really emphasises the patterns of the wootz steel. Decorated with gold inlay a specific type of koftgari art.
Indian katar, 18th to 19th century, L. with sheath 13 in. (33 cm); L. without sheath 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm); W. 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm); Wt. 10.5 oz. (297.7 g); Wt. of sheath 4 oz. (113.4 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone.
Indian katar, 18th century, detail view of the handle and inscription, wootz steel blade, gold koftgari decorations, Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935. The watered steel blade has a chiseled medallion at the top of both sides decorated with an inscription that reads: "Help from Allah and a speedy victory. So give the glad tidings to the believers" (Koran 61:13). #6