Object Title

Sword (kastane)

Sword (kastane)



Object Number



Presented by the National Art Collection Fund, 1942. From the Norton Hall collection, no. 278.

Physical Description

The hilt is of wood carved in the form of a dragon's head, with engraved and embossed details. The quillons and knucklebow are of iron chiselled and inlaid with brass, and terminate in monster heads. The blade is curved and single edged. It is of soft iron, decorated with panels and cartouches of brass wire onlay over a cross-hatched ground.


Dimensions: The overall length is 920 mm, the length of the blade is 775 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.55 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Sri Lanka

Bibliographic References

de Silva, PHDH, Catalogue of antiquities and other cultural objects from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) abroad, Colombo, National Museum, 1975, p. 149, pl. 41B

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 128

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 40