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Ceylonese Kastana

Description:

The Kastana is the national sword of Ceylon.  This one is purely decorative, for presentation and dress purposes only.  These swords though are typically short and curved and usually have a hilt which resembles a dragon's head such as the one shown and were commonly worn as badges of importance.  Kastanas were made at Ceylon's Royal Golden Sword Workshops or "Rankadu Pattala".

Place of Production:
Ceylon (Sri-Lanka)
Materials/Media:
hilt of copper alloy
Dimensions:
hilt 197mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/S128
Digital Number:
EAAM092n
Creation Date:
Late 19th century
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council