Language: Sinhala
Source: Literature

Description

Mitta literally means "hilt" in Sinhala.

The Sinhalese sword hilt is usually beautifully carved, often with a lion head pommel.


Kasthane hilt

The mitta 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.

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

€9500,-

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

€2500,-

Made in the Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.

€3300,-

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

€300,-

Introduction Over the years a number of Ottoman

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This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:

€2000,-
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