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Elephant Sword

15th–17th century
Iron or steel
L. 24 in. (61.2 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 3 oz. (2362 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Jeri Garbaccio, in honor of Donald J. La Rocca, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
Elephants were used in warfare in India for approximately a thousand years. In addition to armor, war elephants sometimes were equipped with swords, also called tusk swords, which are pairs of blades specially designed to be attached to their tusks. Although hundreds, possibly thousands of elephant swords may have existed in the past, only four pairs and this single example are known to survive today.
Jeri Garbaccio, N.J. (2015; her gift to MMA).
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