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Sword: O.87-1879

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

The leaf-shaped steel blade is straight and double edged, flaring towards the rounded point. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard, angled across the centre, with cusped wings and long blade-shaped reinforces, the edges serrated, bordered towards the hilt and on the wings with incised panels of floral ornament. They are attached by three rivets. Round the junction of the wings and reinforces is a band of copper alloy, the edges also serrated.. The thin grip swells to a central moulding, 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

Notes

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: 90 cm
Overall Length: 100.5 cm
Weight: 1010 g

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1600 CE

Note

The south Indian type and the style and condition suggest this is a Taylor piece. Number assigned by elimination by TR; object needs numbering.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.87-1879
Primary reference Number: 158402
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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