Object Title

Parrying weapon (madu)

Parrying weapon (madu)

Date

1758

Object Number

XXVIM.10

Provenance

Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection.

Physical Description

The weapon consists of a pair of polished blackbuck antelope horns riveted together leaving a space for the fingers. Each horn tip is fitted with a small steel quadrangular socketed head. The washers are silver coins dated 1171 AH.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The overall length of the weapon is 473 mm. Weight: The weight of the weapon is 0.2 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.357, p. 12.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.521, p. 12.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 39

Notes

Said by Codrington to be 'chiefly used by Bhils and Hindu Fakirs'. From the Carnatic, Mysore.