Language: Sinhala
Source: Literature


Sérapéṅdiya mūna literally means "sérapéṅdiya head". It is a term given by Deraniyagala for those quillons on a Sinhalese kasthāné that terminate in sérapéṅdiya heads. The sérapéṅdiya is a mythical bird.

In most cases, the knuckle guard and the quillon opposite of it terminate with these mythical bird heads. Defining feature of the sérapéṅdiya is the end of the beak curling downwards and inwards. Those of makara tend to turn upwards.

Quillons on Sinhalese sword
The typical complex quillons on a fine Sinhalese kasthāné, showing the heads of sérapéṅdiya and makara.

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# English

1. Pommel



2. Hilt mitta


"Lion faced hilt" simha mūnu mitta


3. Knuckle guard ath väsma / ath häde


4. Quillons vari sārkawa / sérapéṅdiya mūna


5. Side-plates alluva


6. Blade kadu patha / isa


7. Grooves peeli


8. Edge agissa


9. Point thuda
Overview of kasthane parts

1. P. E. P. Deraniyagala; Sinhala Weapons and Armor. The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Volume XXXV, No. 95, part III. 7th December 1942. Pages 112-113.

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A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.


Probably from the late Kandyan period.


Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.


With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.


A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.


Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.