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Simple Sinhalese pihiya

A Sinhalese knife

Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
Sinhalese longbow

Usa dunna (උස දුන්න)

Sinhalese name for their longbow. Literally: "high bow".
Sinhalese longbow logo

Maha dunna (මහා දුන්න)

Sinhalese term for a longbow. Literally: "great bow".
Sinhalese arrow logo

Ītala (ඊතල)

Sinhalese word for "arrow".
Fine Sinhalese lacquered bow logo

A fine Sinhalese bow

Made in the Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.
Sinhalese bow logo

Dunna (දුන්න)

Sinhalese word for "bow".
Sinhalese lacquered bow logo

A Sinhalese lacquered bow

With classic cinnabar red, yellow, green and black lacquered decoration.
Sinhalese lacquer logo

Sinhalese lacquer work

Sri Lankan craftsmen used methods of applying decorative lacquer that did not involve a brush to great effect.
Suli Vela

Suli Vẹla

A Sinhalese decorative motif that consists of circular vines.
Niyapoten veda

Niyapoten vẹḍa

A type of Sinhalese lacquer work that was done using the fingernails.
Mātale work

Mātale work

A form of Sinhalese lacquer work associated with the village of Hapuvida, South Mātale.
Lanu-dangaya

Lanu-daṉgaya

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that resembles knotwork.
Pahade logo

Palā peti

Alternative Sinhalese term for a decorative motif consisting of stylized petals.
Pahade-logo

Pahade

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif consisting of stylized petals.
Pattala-hatara

Paṭṭal Hatara

The Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.
Sinhalese lacquer workers

Ī-vaḍuvō

Literally "arrow-makers", a Sinhalese class of craftsmen that did wood turning and lacquer work.
Patura logo

Patura

Language: Sinhalese
Source: Standard literature

Binduva logo

Bin̆duva (බිඳුව)

A Sinhalese decorative motif in lacquer that consists of diamond shapes.
Gal bindu logo

Gal-biṉdu (ගල් බින්දු)

A Sinhalese decorative motif in lacquer that consists of diamond shapes.
Adara-kondu logo

Ādāra-koṇḍu

A Sinhalese decorative pattern that consists of plain lines.
Velpota

Vẹlpota

A Sinhalese decorative motif.
Sinhalese cross spear

Sinhalese patisthānaya

A very fine example retaining its original lacquered shaft.
Patisthāna

Patisthāna

Alternative name for a Sinhalese processional polearm. See patisthānaya below.
Patisthānaya

Patisthānaya

A Sinhalese processional polearm.
Gal-mita pike

Gal-mita pike

Sinhala term for fancy knives. Literally "stone handled knife".
Tip

Thuda

Sinhala for the point of a sword blade.
Edge

Agissa

Sinhala for the edge on a sword blade.
Groovy

Peeli

Sinhala for grooves on a blade. (Fullers).
blade

Isa

Sinhala for "blade".
Sinhalese sword blade

Kadu patha

Sinhala for "blade".
Alluva

Alluva

Sinhala for side plates on a sword.
Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sinhala for the head of a mythical bird. Often used as sword ornament.
Quillons

Vari sārkawa

Sinhala for the quillons on a Sinhalese sword.
Sinhalese knuckle guard

Ath häde

Sinhala for "knuckle guard".
Knuckle guard

Ath väsma

Sinhala term given by Deraniyagala for "knuckle guard".
Lion hilt

Siṃha mūnu mitta

Sinhala for "lion-faced hilt"
Mitta

Mitta

Sinhala for "hilt".
Gediya

Gediya

Sinhala for "pommel".
Simha logo

Siṃha

Sinhalese for "lion". The national symbol of the Sinhalese people.
Ul pihiya logo

Sinhalese knife and stylus

Fitting in a single scabbard. Modest for Sinhalese work.
Large piha-kaetta logo

A large pihiya kättha

A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
A silver pihiya

Silver Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.

Asian export sword guard

Sinhalese export sword guard

A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Ul pihiya logo

Ul pihiya

Sinhala for "sharp knife".
Pihiya logo

Pihiya

Sinhala for "knife".
Pihiya kattha logo

Piha kaetta

Often-used term to describe a group of ornate Sinhalese knives.

Liya-pata decorative motif logo

Liya-pata

A type of Sinhalese decorative work consisting of scrolls.
Liya-vela logo

Liya-vẹla

A type of Sinhalese decorative work consisting of repetitive floral motifs.
Sinhalese kasthane logo

Kasthāné

The national sword of Sri Lanka, being a saber with an elaborately carved hilt.