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

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

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


Hewitt and Dillon record a set of four Khond axes