Artifact of the Day
Kastane (short saber)
Sri Lanka (Ceylon) (1700s-early 1800s)
Nearly identical to HAM 2393. Hilt differs in having traces of copper & silver inlay. Short and light curved European blade with remains of brass inlay at ricasso (floral design on right side, animal [?lion] on left. Cast handguard, perhaps brass overlaid with copper, with traces of silvering; "dragon" finials at knuckleguard, arms of the hilt, and rear projection; this handguard is fairly fine in execution, with etched and/or chiseled decoration. Wooden grip in the form of a "dragon" head, reasonably well executed, with rather coarse applique pieces, perhaps of tinned brass.