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>>1704 Sikh akālī
Subject: ਨਿਹੰਗ nihang / ਅਕਾਲੀ akālī  'immortal' warrior saint
Culture: Punjabi Sikh
Setting: Sikh empire, Punjab 1704-1846
Objectkatar punch dagger

​* Royal Armouries Museum > Oriental Gallery
"Dagger (katar)   Indian, Lahore, probably late 17th century   The hilt has a cross-grip formed of four bars and was originally gilded. The dagger was owned by a Sikh of the Akali sect. The scabbard is of wood covered with crimson velvet and fitted with a gilt iron chape." ...
"Dagger (katar)  Indian, Lahore, 18th century   The blade is double edged with a reinforced point, and a medial ridge. The hilt has a transverse grip formed of two bars, all decorated with gold koftgari." ...
"Dagger (katar)  Indian, probably Lahore, late 18th century   The blade is straight and highly polished with a deep medial groove either side. The hilt is decorated with foliate scrolls in gold koftgari. The scabbard is of wood covered in crimson velvet with a gilt iron chape." ...