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

A survey of the literature shows that the group can actually be divided into several sub-categories. The term strictly only applies to a single sub-type.

Main article: Pihiya kättha



Pihiya (පිහිය)

Pihiya kättha

Gal-mita pihē

Kirichchiya (කිරිච්චය)

Ul pihiya (උල් පිහිය)


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A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.


Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.


With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.


Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.


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


These handsome daggers were worn by the nomadic Hadendoa people, their name has been interpreted as meaning…