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A Sinhalese kirichchiya

A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Sinhalese coral hilted knife

Sinhalese coral hilted knife

Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
Fine piha-kaetta with velvet scabbard

Fine piha kaetta with velvet scabbard

A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
Very good Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A very good ul-pihiya

A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Sinhalese piha-kaetta logo

A fine, heavy piha kaetta

Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
Kirichchiya

Kirichchiya (කිරිච්චය)

Sinhalese word for a type of dagger.
Sinhalese dagger logo

Sinhalese kirichchiya

With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Sinhalese pihiya logo

An early "piha-kaetta"

Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
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Sérapéṅdiya

Sinhalese term for a mythical bird.
Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
Sinhalese ul-pihiya

Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
Kalas dangaya

Kaḷas-daṉgaya.

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that consists of a mesh-like pattern with floral elements. Also called koḷa vẹla.
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Koḷa vẹla

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that consists of a mesh-like pattern with floral elements. Also called kaḷas-daṉgaya.
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Tani binduva (තැනි බින්දුව)

A Sinhalese decorative motif in lacquer that consists of simple diamond shapes.
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Bō-koḷa

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that resembles the leaf of a sacred fig tree.
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Dẹla

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that consists of a mesh of lines resembling a net.
Sinhalese lacquered cane

Sinhalese lacquered cane

Description

An antique Sinhalese walking cane, made of a light and relatively flexible rattan.

Simple Sinhalese pihiya

A Sinhalese knife

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

Usa dunna (උස දුන්න)

Sinhalese name for their longbow. Literally: "high bow".
Sinhalese longbow logo

Maha dunna (මහා දුන්න)

Sinhalese term for a longbow. Literally: "great bow".
Sinhalese arrow logo

Ītala (ඊතල)

Sinhalese word for "arrow".
Fine Sinhalese lacquered bow logo

A fine Sinhalese bow

Made in the Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.
Sinhalese bow logo

Dunna (දුන්න)

Sinhalese word for "bow".
Sinhalese lacquered bow logo

A Sinhalese lacquered bow

With classic cinnabar red, yellow, green and black lacquered decoration.
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Sinhalese lacquer work

Sri Lankan craftsmen used methods of applying decorative lacquer that did not involve a brush to great effect.
Suli Vela

Suli Vẹla

A Sinhalese decorative motif that consists of circular vines.
Niyapoten veda

Niyapoṭen vēda

A type of Sinhalese lacquer work that was directly applied without using brushes. Also known as Mātale work.
Mātale work

Mātale work

A type of Sinhalese lacquer work that was directly applied without using brushes. Also known as niyapoṭen vēda.
Lanu-dangaya

Lanu-daṉgaya

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that resembles knotwork.
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Palā peti

Alternative Sinhalese term for a decorative motif consisting of stylized petals.
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Pahade

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif consisting of stylized petals. Also known as palā peti.
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.
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Patura

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that consists of elongated triangles with two sides of equal length.
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Binduva (බිඳුව)

A Sinhalese decorative motif in lacquer that consists of diamond shapes.
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Gal-bindu (ගල් බින්දු)

A Sinhalese decorative motif in lacquer that consists of diamond shapes.
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Ādāra-koṇḍu

A Sinhalese decorative pattern that consists of plain lines.
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Vẹlpota

A Sinhalese decorative motif.
Sinhalese cross spear

Sinhalese patisthānaya

A very fine example retaining its original lacquered shaft.
Patisthāna

Patisthāna

Alternative name for a Sinhalese processional polearm. See patisthānaya below.
Patisthānaya

Patisthānaya

A Sinhalese processional polearm.
Gal-mita pike

Gal-mita pihē

Sinhala term for fancy knives. Literally "stone handled knife".
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.
Serapendiya muna

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.