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Sword: O.13-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The leaf-shaped steel blade is straight and double edged, flaring towards the point which is slightly cusped. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard, deeply angled across the centre, with cusped wings and long, heavy blade-shaped reinforces extending well down the blade and secured by three rivets. Round the junction of the wings and reinforces is a band of iron. The thin grip swells to a central moulding, and there is a small, deep dish pommel inside which is a tiny dome. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and pitted from earlier corrosion.


History note: 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: 83.5 cm
Overall Length: 96 cm
Weight: 1465 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1600 CE

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 13
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.13-1879
Primary reference Number: 158317
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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