Salaams All ~Note to Forum.
Please see http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ted=1#post16117
.. I use this reference to illustrate the identity of the Kastane Hilt as Makara based.
The Malay peninsula weapon with a clear design based upon the Makara. See below the water spout design from the same monster form.
It has always intrigued me as to which way the Makara design spread ...
My theory on the Sri Lankan Kastane offers a design formulated by a joint Portuguese Sri Lankan workshops situation using The Makara combined onto a hilt with Vijra (Buddhist influence) elements(false quillons) onto which other Deities(Nagas) and the human faced crocodile on the hand guard are spilled and including a rain guard formed of the Makara (peacock form) tail.
Ibrahiim al Balooshi.