Superb 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger with excellent wootz and original scabbard (ID: id756)
Superb 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger with excellent wootz and original scabbard
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This antique weapon is a very fine example of an original condition 18th century Indian Mughal katar dagger. The item features its original scabbard with matching iron mount. The blade dis-plays very fine chisel work and a very sturdy and rich wootz pattern. The full piece extends 17 inches overall, while the blade reaches 9 inches with its armor piercing tip in tact.
Developed in India, wootz steel features a pattern of sheets of micro carbides within a tem-pered martensite or pearlite matrix. The technology was developed in contemporary Tamil Nadu, according to archaeological research. The 12th century Arab traveler Edrisi charac-terized it as the best form of steel in the world, given its strength and sharpness.
The Mughal tribe dominated much of the Indian sub-continent for centuries prior to the arrival of the British in the 19th century. As Persians of Mongol descent, the people utilized a bevy of military skills and weapons such as mounted archery. The Mughal were re-sponsible for bringing weaponry and techniques from the Middle East and Central Asia to the sub-continent.
In addition to their military prowess, the Mughals were sensitive to the importance of artistic and cultural development, and thus were committed patrons of indigenous Indian art forms as well as facilitating the introduction of global cultural movements such as the European Renaissance