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sword

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As.8331

  • Description

    Sword made of iron, brass.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12.5 centimetres
    • Width: 117.3 centimetres
    • Depth: 1.8 centimetres
    • Weight: 1.2 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    Given by Arthur Bridge, 26/6/1872. Christy Additions (1868-77), p.245, no.3.Register comment: 'Khasia. Long sword of peculiar shape and make being entirely in one piece of iron, the handle ornamented with brass. A small bough or flower is inlaid in brass on one side of the blade; a similar one is [illegible] on the opposite side. The thin flat blade has sharp edges, but one only (?) is ground for cutting. The handle is long and slender, of flattened hexagonal section, and has two cross guards at wide intervals; the extremity is flattened and perforated with a slit. Figured in the Cat. of the Christy Coll. From the Stuart Sale, Christie's, June 11-14, 1830. 2nd day, Lot 5. Four swords from the Chittagong Hills, &c., &c. In "A sketch of Assam. By an officer of the East India Co.'s Service. Lond. 1847. A similar sword is engraved as Cosseah. Pres. by A. Bridge Esq. June 26, 1872.'

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by John Bridge at Stuart Sale, Christie's, 12/6/1830, Lot 5.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    As.8331

  • Additional IDs

    • As1872C1.8331 (old CDMS no.)
    • As1972,Q.2212 (also registered as)
Sword made of iron, brass.

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