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


Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Cingalese Sword Hilt


Albumen print | 17.9 x 11.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2800193

Photograph of a kastane, a ceremonial sword associated with Sri Lanka. The crossguard, or quililon,  and finger guards are chiselled in the form of monster heads. The pommel is in the form of a dragon's head. The hilt is covered with richly embossed gold work and the sheath, only partially visible, is covered with chased and embossed gold foliate ornament.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 17.9 x 11.4 cm (image)

  • 'Cingalese Sword Hilt'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Dragons
              • Chinese Dragons