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Arnachellum of Salem

A famed Indian maker of knives, swords, spears, and tableware.
Khanjarli logo

A South Indian khanjarli

A fine, early example with silver-plated details.
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 type of Sinhalese lacquer work that was done using the fingernails.
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

Chahar kham bow

Chahār kham

The "four curved" bow
Sindh bow logo

Measurements of a chahār-kham bow

For the bowyers and archery researchers, detailed measurements of an antique chahār-kham bow.
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.
North Indian composite bow measurements

Measurements of a North Indian bow

For the bowyers and archery researchers, detailed measurements of an antique North Indian bow "kaman" type.
North Indian composite bow

North Indian composite bow

With whimsical tiger and deer decoration.
Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Patisthānaya

Patisthānaya

A Sinhalese processional polearm.
Patisthāna

Patisthāna

Alternative name for a Sinhalese processional polearm. See patisthānaya below.
Mail shirt

Fine mail shirt, Sikh Empire

With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
Sang

Large spearhead from South India

An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
All-wootz kard

All wootz kard dagger

With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
Child's katar

Boy's katar

A miniature piece meant for use by a small boy.
Axe

Tonngya

A type of Indian tribal battle axe made and used by the Gond people.
Boy's brass hilted pata

Boy's brass hilted patá

With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
Fine Indian tegha logo

Indian teghá with fine hilt

With wide, pattern-welded blade.
Tegha logo

Teghá

A type of Indian saber with a broad blade.
Bullova

Bullova

A type of axe associated with the Khond people of India.
Pharetri axe

Pharetri

A type of axe associated with the Khond people of India.
Bikaner axe logo

Axe with Anup Singh inscription

With a samvat date that corresponds to 1691 A.D.
North Indian arrows logo

Two fine north Indian arrows

With points mimicking the shape of the Indian push dagger called "katar".
Vijayanagara pata

Vijayanagara "pata"

A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
Katar logo

Katar

Language: English collector's jargon
Source: Secondary reference material

Gal-mita pike

Gal-mita pike

Sinhala term for fancy knives. Literally "stone handled knife".
Sosun pattah

Sosun pattah (सोसन पत्ता)

An Indian sword with a recurved blade.
North Indian katar with tools

North Indian katar with tools

With a fine wootz blade with a pronounced center ridge.
Shield maker

Bhagvan Khoosal

A shield maker at Dhalcar street, Ahmedabad, India.
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".