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Sword: O.17-1879

Object information

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Maker: Unknown




The leaf-shaped steel blade is straight and double edged, flaring towards the point. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard, angled across the centre, with cusped wings and long reinforces, the edges serrated for part of their length, with lotus bud terminals, bordered by double incised lines towards the hilt and incised panels of floral ornament. They are attached by three rivets. Round the junction of the wings and reinforces is a band of iron. The thin grip is bound with string, and there is a small, deep dish pommel lacking its dome. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and pitted from earlier corrosion. The dome pommel is battered and gashed


History note: 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: 84.5 cm
Overall Length: 96.5 cm
Weight: 1350 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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.17-1879
Primary reference Number: 158321
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 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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