Language: Sinhalese
Source: Standard literature


Patisthāna is the name given by Henry Parker word for a type of polearm that resembles the partisan of Europe.1 It is more commonly called patisthānaya. The Sinhalese word probably derived off the Portuguese word partidária.

For a more elaborate article, see: Patisthānaya

Sinhalese pastisthanaya

A fine antique Sinhalese patisthānaya. Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2019.


1. H. Parker, Ancient Ceylon. Luzac & Co, London, 1909. Pages 534-538.

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Often called piha-kaetta, these knives were mainly made by the King's Workshops.


With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.


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


Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.


A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at…


With floral overlay, kinatah, typical for the period.