Gilded silver Katar with Krishna and gopis
India, Punjab, 18th century
Height 44 cm
Provenance: private European collection
The handle overlaid with a thick gilded silver foil, the heavy Damascus blade with a chiselled depiction of Krishna Venugopala, the flute player, surrounded by gopis on each side of the central panel, on the upper part a cornac trying to tame an elephant on one side and a tiger on the other, the chiselled decoration partly inlaid with gold. For a set of katars of the same group, see: Hales, R. (2013) Islamic and Oriental arms and armour: a lifetime’s passion, Robert Hales C.I. Ltd, pp. 72-73.