Language: Sinhala
Source: Literature

Description

Ath väsma is a term given by Deraniyagala for the knuckle guard on a Sinhalese kasthāné. Literally it means "covering".

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.

Do you have anything for sale?

I might be interested in buying it.

Contact me

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.

Price on request

A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.

€2800,-

A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.

€1500,-

With narrow blade and all brass mounts.

€300,-

A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.

€300,-

With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.

€2800,-
ARTICLE
Markings on Chinese swords
Most markings are found on military edged weapons, usually in the f...
Read the article
ARTICLE
A typology of Chinese sabers
Introduction Historical references on Chinese saber types are scar...
Read the article
ARTICLE
Edged Weapons of the Green Standard Army
The Green Standard Army was a large standing army of the Qing dynas...
Read the article
ARTICLE
Military sabers of the Qing dynasty
According to Chinese symbolism, the strength and martial spirit of ...
Read the article