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Sri Lanka

Sword and scabbard

Copper alloy, tortoiseshell, possibly horn | RCIN 11310

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This Sri Lankan ceremonial sword with its striking hilt is known as a kastane. The hilt resembles a makara, a mythological creature. The tortoiseshell used for this kastane was probably imported from the Straits of Malacca or the Maldives.
  • Creator(s)

    Sri Lanka (nationality)

  • 62.6 x 9.4 x 3.2 cm (whole object)

  • Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Christoffel Henricues Dias Bandaranaike, Mudaliyar of Siyane Korale East in Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. The 'Mudaliyars' were a class of Ceylonese people who acted as intermediaries between European traders in Ceylon and the Kings of Kandy.