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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, maker, India, North India

Production
Note:

Taylor’s note ‘sacrificial knives khurug’.No eye decoration at the point. Compare Rawson 1967: ?? and Egerton 1880: 102, pl. ix.

Collection:

Robert Taylor

Category:

weapons

Name(s):

sword
Indian weapons; category

Other Name:

ram dao

Date:

circa 1800 1879

Period:

19th century

Description:

Sacrificial sword. Heavy forward curved blade swept up to a knop finial at the point, with a lotus bud finial half way down the back, and large carved moulding in the form of a bloated horse with a small head and two legs, on its back, at the junction with the hilt. The grip is short and straight, of red wood turned with mouldings with a squashed globular pommel. At the end is a tang button with a large iron lotus bud washer. The blade is rough and has corroded patches

Dimension(s):

overall length, 75, cm
blade length, 56.6, cm
weight, 1125, g

Acquisition:

given; 1879; Taylor, Robert, MA

Notes(s):

This strangely shaped sword was used to cut off the heads of sacrificial animals. It was important that this was done in a single blow and these weapons, with their large, heavy blades were ideal for this purpose.

Acquisition Credit:

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Inscription(s):

tag; inscribed; 66
label; on the blade; printed; 66; adhesive

Documentation:

1879. List of arms presented to the Fitzwilliam Museum by Robert Tayler, Esq. February 10 1879.Cambridge (Cambs.):
Publ. no. 31

Egerton of Tatton, Wilbraham, Earl. 1880. An Illustrated Handbook of Indian arms.London: p. 102
Cf. pl. ix, p. 102.

Accession:

Object Number: O.66-1879
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 158376; input: 2008-01-25; modified: 2016-11-08)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/158376