sword (weapons: edged)

Khanda type fighting sword from the Deccan. The blade is braced with substantial ‘trunking’, which widens at the hilt to form the guard. Pommel of two discs surmounted by a fluted dome.

This sword is relatively high status.

Such swords may have been worshiped in ceremonies as part of the Navarati festival.

See Elgood (2004) pp106-107.
See Elgood (2004) p 82, figs 8.9, 8.10 and 8.11 for similar examples from the British Museum (No. 293372 and 293374) and the met (No. 36.25.1581).

According to Robert Elgood, such swords may have been worshipped in ceremonies as part of the Navarati festival.


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