Tanjore Katar Pata A very good example late 16th century
This early Indian sword measures just under 61cms long. The very fine blade is very likely a fine patterned Wootz steel and measures just under 46cms long and 6cms broad at the hilt. The guard has some minor pitting to a small thumb sized area. The guard finial is that of a grinning demon, possibly being Yali. The hooked finial also added further defensive capabilities in that it can prevent sword strikes from travelling further towards the defenders body. The hand is further protected by broad side guards that support the double inner grips. The finely fullered blade is supported at the hilt top and bottom with decorative langets. The blade is in very good condition for its age and retains a full armour piercing tip and crisp fullers with a hint of mercury gilding present in the recesses.
A very fine and early sword of unusual form in a condition seldom seen.