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Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


Sinhalese sword head


Albumen print | 23.0 x 17.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2369574

Photograph of an elaborately decorated Sinhalese kasthāné hilt featuring a lion's head at the top of the handle, and a small phoenix head on the left side of the hilt.

A photograph of this sword hilt by Francis Bedford  exists in the Royal Collection (see RCIN 2906108).

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • 23.0 x 17.9 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords
    • Places
      • Asia
        • Sri Lanka