Two sabres (kastanes) and a knife (piha-kaetta), anonymous, before 1765

Two sabres (kastanes) and a knife (piha-kaetta), anonymous, before 1765

gold (metal), l 78.5cm. More details

Following an unsuccessful invasion of Kandy in 1764, the VOC troops nevertheless succeeded one year later in penetrating the king’s centre of power. Peace negotiations failed and the troops plundered the palace and the city. The booty included many costly jewels and arms, including these three ornate weapons that were probably the king’s personal property.

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