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Sword: O.102-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The steel blade is straight, double edged with a full length medial rib and a reinforced point. The hilt has a convex guard attached to long, fluted arms ending in lotus bud terminals at the rear, joined by a pair of bars swelling to their centres that form the grip. At the front of the guard are heavy cusped and scalloped reinforces attached to the blade by three rivets. Inside the guard is a raised cusped and scalloped decorative band. The hilt is painted black inside, the rest polished bright and pitted from earlier corrosion. There is a long gash cutting right through the blade


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: 81.5 cm
Overall Length: 95 cm
Weight: 625 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


The blade is the same as that of O.91.1879

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 102
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Text: 102
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.102-1879
Primary reference Number: 158417
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Audit data

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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