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Sword, Sheath

Place of origin

Object details
Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Sword
  • Khanda
  • Sword Sheath
  • Khanda
Brief description
Sword (khanda), with a straight damascus steel blade, widening towards the point with side plates of pierced steel and an Indian basket hilt with pommel horn for two-handed use decorated with floral and animal damascene, Gwalior, 19th century. Presented by the Maharajah of Holkar to the East India Company. Arms. Egerton 520

Knotted waistband of polychromatic silks

sheath for a sword (khanda), blue velvet covered with gilt repousse and engraved mounts, Gwalior, 19th century. Presented by the Maharajah of Holkar to the East India Company. Ex India Museum. Egerton 520.; khanda; Arms, metal gold velvet, Gwalior
Credit line
Transferred from the India Museum in 1879
Object history
As originally arranged and displayed in Exhibition Road Indian Museum galleries until 1955, with some additions while in storage, case F.704
Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in 1879
Bibliographic references
  • Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880p.117
  • Rawson, P.S., The Indian Sword, London, Herbert Jenkins, 1968, fig.41.
  • Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 117, Cat. No. 520
Other number
520 - Egerton Catalogue Number
Accession number

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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