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Sword: O.58-1879

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Forward angled, double edged steel blade of flat section, with a low medial ridge running almost full length, with a raised triangular section at the forte. The original wooden hilt is long, of round section at the blade where it has copper alloy (brass) furniture, comprising a ferrule with extensions cut in lobes above below and at either side of the hilt, three moulded reinforcing bands and four domed star washers. The remainder of the hilt is faceted, and cut away at the underside leaving the pommel section proud to form a grip. At either side of the pommel is a circular recess for an inlaid sun. There is a large chip out of the straight (front) edge of the blade. A pair to O.60-1879


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: 36.2 cm
Blade Width Max: 8.2 cm
Overall Length: 59 cm
Weight: 690 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Circa 1760 CE - 1800 CE


Compare the ayudha katti from the Walhouse, Oldman and Stone collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art no. 36.25.1950, of similar type (see documentation Elgood 2004). Pair to 58.1879.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 58
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.58-1879
Primary reference Number: 158368
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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