Chakram prop from the TV Series Xena: Warrior Princess


Chakram weapon prop from the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. On the program, the weapon is a bladed metal disc.

Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) was one of the most popular syndicated dramas on American television. Audience interest in the program helped lead a new wave of tough female action-adventure heroes in American popular culture. The character remains a touchstone to many, including as a LGBTQ icon, with that aspect of the character's life hinted at strongly throughout the show.

Portrayed by American actress Lucy Lawless, the character of Xena was first introduced on the program Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999.) Like Hercules, the spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess was set in a fantastical historical era based on the mythology of Ancient Greece.

On the program, Xena, a fierce fighter with exceptional abilities, embarks upon good deeds to atone for past sins. She is accompanied on her journey by her close companion Gabrielle, played by Renee O'Connor.

The show attracted a devoted following, and during its run was consistently amongst the most watched syndicated television programs in the United States. Having aired in over 100 countries around the world, its success has spawned numerous tie-ins such as video games, comic books and an animated movie.

Date Made: 1995 - 2001

Associated Name: Lawless, Lucy

Subject: TelevisionLGBTQGay RightsLGBTQ Rights


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Popular Entertainment

Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Lucy Lawless

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0281.12Accession Number: 2005.0281Catalog Number: 2005.0281.12

Object Name: Discdisc, prop

Physical Description: metal (overall material)paint (overall material)mother of pearl (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; x 3.81 cm x 26.67 cmoverall: 1/2 in x 9 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 25.0825 cm


Record Id: nmah_1299837

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