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Sri Lanka

Sword and scabbard 1800-75

Copper alloy, tortoiseshell, possibly horn | 62.6 x 9.4 x 3.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11310

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This Sri Lankan ceremonial sword with its striking hilt resembling a makara (a mythical sea creature) is known as a kastane. The tortoiseshell used for this kastane was probably imported from the Straits of Malacca or the Maldives.