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Sword with Sheath, 18th century

Sri Lanka: Kandy period, 1700-1799
Silver inlaid with gemstones, steel blade
19 x 3 in. (48.3 x 7.6 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Michael Phillips and Juliana Maio
P.2000.05.01
© 2012 Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This richly embellished sword is a fine example of silver work and may have been worn by a chief or noble figure during an important ceremony. The principal motif is the head of a lion, which appears both on the hilt and in a diminutive form on the bottom tip of the sheath.


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