Antique Indonesian Dayak Headhunters Sword Mandau Parang Ihlang Kalimantan Borneo
Antique 19th century Indonesian Dayak Headhunters sword Mandau parang ihlang ,Kalimantan, Borneo.
DETAILS: The hilt with pommel finely carved of deer antler, with “aso” motifs and set with ,black and brown hair tufts, the grip bound with braided rattan straps.
A hand forged, heavy, and very sharp straight steel blade, widens towards the finely shaped and pierced "Li-po-tong" tip, with flat ground on one side, display a forging pattern, similar to the pamor found on Indonesian kris, and convex on the other side, inlaid in brass with dots and Mata djoh pattern,
The wooden scabbard held together with braided in a complicated manner rattan bands and decorated on the exterior with two panels elaborately carved with traditional “aso” motifs. The inner said affixed with bark pocket with Pisau Raut knife and has an attached plaited rattan carrying cord with long flat strap.
CONDITION: Showing age and usage.
Overall length of the sword, sheathed in the scabbard: 78 cm (30.71 inches).
1.Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago” Albert G. Van Zonneveld
2.A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times” by George Cameron Stone.
3. Steel and Magic - Edged Weapons of the Malay Archipelago. Deutsches Klingenmuseum in Solingen.
We will provide the buyer with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references together with a certificate of authenticity.