Language: Sinhala
Source: First hand period account

Description

Gal-mita pihē literally means "stone handled knife". It was a term that according to Parker (1909) was used for a group of fancy Sinhalese knives, regardless of the materials of their hilts.1

For a further classification, see: Pihiya kättha.

Gal-mita pike

A royal stone-handled Kandyan knife. Rock chrystal hilt, mounted in gold. Taken in 1764.
Rijksmuseum accession number: NG-NM-7114

A large pihiya-kattha
A large pihiya kättha with ivory grip.

 

Notes
1. H. Parker, Ancient Ceylon. Luzac & Co, London, 1909. Page 531.

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