Object Title

Parrying weapon (madu, saintie)

Parrying weapon (madu, saintie)



Object Number



Purchased following the Great Exhibition of 1851. Loaned to the B.M. in 1913 and returned in 1954.

Physical Description

It has a short iron shaft and central grip, with mouldings at either end, to which are attached the fastening of a linked knuckle guard. The whole is chiselled with a foliate diaper pattern, with terminal bands of acanthus, heavily silvered. The head, of diamond section, thickens at the point for the last quarter of its length.


Dimensions: The length of the spear is 898 mm, the head being 179 mm. Weight: The weight of the object is 0.97 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places India

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.283, p. 106.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.423, p. 10.

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 74-5