Language: Sinhala
Source: Literature

Description

Ath häde is a term given by Deraniyagala for the knuckle guard on a Sinhalese kasthāné.
It is often beautifully carved and ends in the head of a mythical bird, the sérapéṅdiya.

Knuckle guard

Ath väsma on a fine Sinhalese kasthāneé of the 18th century.

Other parts

 

 

 

 

# English

1. Pommel
Sinhala

gediya

 

2. Hilt mitta

 

"Lion faced hilt" simha mūnu mitta

 

3. Knuckle guard ath väsma / ath häde

 

4. Quillons vari sārkawa / sérapéṅdiya mūna

 

5. Side-plates alluva

 

6. Blade kadu patha / isa

 

7. Grooves peeli

 

8. Edge agissa

 

9. Point thuda
     
Overview of kasthane parts

References
1. P. E. P. Deraniyagala; Sinhala Weapons and Armor. The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Volume XXXV, No. 95, part III. 7th December 1942. Pages 112-113.

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