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Sword: O.9-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The steel blade is straight, leaf-shaped and double edged. Three fullers run almost the full length of the blade. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard with wings and langets with stylised lotus bud terminals, thin grip with a moulded waist towards the pommel, and a deep dish pommel with a chrysanthemum flower washer, medial dome and a pierced finial. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and deeply pitted from earlier corrosion.


History note: From Ganjam. Probably from the Tanjore armoury, broken up in 1860 (see documentation: Elgood 2004)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 84 cm
Overall Length: 95.5 cm
Weight: 1230 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Taylor, Robert, MA


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


Compare the group of early khanda in the collection of Liverpool Museum

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.9-1879
Primary reference Number: 158313
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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