dagger (weapons: edged)

Katar, Punjab, second half of the nineteenth century. The flower on the forte represents the ‘goddess’ (usually Durga). It provides a barrier, putting the goddess between the warrior and harm.

Warriors are often depicted fighting with a katar in each hand. See for example the sculpture depicting a man fighting a tiger which forms part of the Ranganatha Temple, Srirangam, illustrated in Elgood (2004) p148.


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