Object Title

Axe (tongi)

Axe (tongi)



Object Number



Purchased 1859

Physical Description

The head is of steel with a small socket widening sharply to two backward curving points. The haft is of bamboo, with a brass ferrule at the base and a tapering brass socket at the head terminating in a diamond-shaped point. A strip of brass is applied to the front of the haft with bindings of brass wire.


Dimensions: The length of the weapon is 663 mm, the width across the blade is 135 mm. Weight: The weight of the axe is 0.75 kg.


Places India, Khond

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no.xv Ad.368, p.12

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 455, p.41

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 4


Hewitt and Dillon record a set of four Khond axes