Object Title

Sword (khanda)

Sword (khanda)



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The blade is straight and double edged, widening towards the tip. It is reinforced at the back and below the hilt with strips of iron pierced and decorated with flowers and peacocks in gold koftgari. The langet has a leaf shaped terminal, 'staples' hold the langet to the guard. The guard and knuckle bow have a pad made of red velvet on a leather backing, trimmed with red and white and green and black braid. The hilt is bound with braid. The pommel is flat with a raised edge. The central dome terminates with a curved spike


Dimensions: length overall 975 mm (38.6 in); blade length 768 mm (30.2 in); Weight: 1365 g (3 lb 0.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.100, p.97.

W. Egerton, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms, London, 1880, no. 521, fig. 24. Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.313, p.40.


The scabbard for this sword is XXVS.252.