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Rare Early 20th C. Dayak Child's Sword & Sheath

Indonesia, Borneo, Central Kalimantan, Dayak peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A Dayak "Mandau" sword with a carved stag horn handle and the remains of a blonde horse hair plume rising from the pommel. The handle is carved in the form of a fierce fish with its wide mouth open, its body decorated with incised lines. The grip is bound with woven rattan thread and the steel blade has a single sharpened edge that ends in a blunt, squared-off point. A wooden and rattan sheath protects the sword. The mandau is the traditional weapon of the Dayak, associated with the headhunting ceremony. Size: 3.5" W x 24.5" H (8.9 cm x 62.2 cm)

Condition: Sheath is in two pieces, but still protects the blade. Blade and handle have dark patina from age and handling.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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