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Arienne King
by Detroit Institute of Art
published on 01 March 2021
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The khanda is a type of double-edged straight sword originating in the Gupta Empire c. 320-550 CE. The khanda is used in many forms of Indian martial arts, and its symbolism carries religious and cultural significance. This example has the khanda's characteristic blunt tip and strengthening plate along one edge. Iron blade, with gold and textile decorations on the hilt, and gilded designs along the blade. Made in India, c. 18th Century CE. 98.1 x 8.3 cm (38.6 x 3.2 in). Image courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Art.

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