Object Title

Sword (ban)

Sword (ban)



Object Number



Presented 23 May 2003

Physical Description

The sword has a straight, flat-sided, single edged blade with a central rounded point. There is a slight nick in the cutting edge near the tip. It is fitted, via a silver collar, to a wooden hilt carved with a small quillon block (part of this is missing) and a pommel of similar shape to some Bhutanese and Tibetan swords. The wood grip is bound with five bands of twisted silver wire. The outer face of the pommel is decorated with a silver flower shape (probably representing a lotus bloom) with a copper headed rivet, and there is another flower attached in the same way to the quillon block towards one side, with a hole suggesting that there was previously another one positioned towards the other side as well before it was lost.


BladeLength358 mm
BladeWidth36 mm
SwordLength502 mm
SwordWeight0.454 kg

Inscriptions and Marks




There is another similar example of a sword (ban) of the Lepcha people of Sikkim in the Pitt Rivers Museum, accession number 1907.47.4.