knife (weapons: edged)

Sri Lankan stylus, Pan hinda, used for writing sacred texts on palm leaves. The elaborate top is made from silver, and the stem is made from iron. It is contained in its wooden sheath fitted with silver mounts and decorated with filigree work.

these objects are usually found in conjunction with a piha-kaetta knife, and are contained in the side of the same sheath.


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