Epee Mandau Dayak Culture, Borneo Island, Indonesia

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    Dayak culture, island of Borneo, Indonesia
    First half of the 20th century
    Steel, plant fiber, antler, skin
    Long. Sword total: 68.5; Long. blade: 50.5 cm
    Long. Total with case: 71cm

    Single-edged steel blade, inlaid with brass stars and waves and finished obliquely on the tip.
    Handle, called ulu, whose antler pommel is hollowed out with cavities lined with hair. Section of braided ligatures completes the rocket.
    Wooden scabbard with geometric decorations in bone plate and dark wood, surrounded by threads in plant fibers and skin; A case for a single-edged stylus is attached to the wood and horn handle. Braided fiber shoulder strap with a pearl pompom.

    Mandau are today associated with headhunting ceremonies. They relate to both weaponry and prestige. They belonged to hunters and warriors, passed down from generation to generation. It is said that these weapons were endowed with supernatural powers. The spirit was planted in a hair, placed on the hilt of the saber. The sacred combination of the mandau is amplified by the combination of fabric and antler materials.

    Ref. : 1401

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    Condition Very good
    Style Tribal Art (Swords, Bladed weapons of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 20th century (Swords, Bladed weapons 20th century)
    Country of origin Indonesia
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France
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