Unknown, maker, India, North India
Taylor’s note ‘sacrificial knives khurug’.No eye decoration at the point. Compare Rawson 1967: ?? and Egerton 1880: 102, pl. ix.
Indian weapons; category
circa 1800 1879
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
overall length, 75, cm
blade length, 56.6, cm
weight, 1125, g
given; 1879; Taylor, Robert, MA
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.
Given by Robert Taylor, MA
tag; inscribed; 66
label; on the blade; printed; 66; adhesive
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.
Object Number: O.66-1879
(record id: 158376; input: 2008-01-25; modified: 2016-11-08)