Language: Long Way Dayak
Source: 1887 source


Mata kalong is the Long Way Dayak word for a type of decoration.1

They are believed to represent stylized aso, the Dayak mythical dragon-dog. 2


A mandau with mata kalong decor

A fine mandau with mata kalong decor.
Listed at Mandarin Mansion in 2020.


Mandau decoration

Illustration from Tromp, 1887. (See notes.)

E.) Mata djoh

F.) Mata kalong

G.) Tap-set-sien 

Of the last one, anyone can use the center circle, but the radiant lines can only be used by royalty.


1. S.W. Tromp; Mededeelingen omtrent mandau's. Den Haag, 1887. Published in Internationales Archiv für Ethnographie,  International Gesellschaft für Ethnographie; Rijksmuseum van Oudheden te Leiden, 1888. Volume 1, pages 22-26.
2. Sixt Wetzler (editor); Steel and Magic. Edged Weapons of the Malay Archipelago. Deutsches Klingen Museum Solingen, 2020. Pages 126-132. Described by Michael Marlow.

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Carved with typically Dayak aso "dog dragon" motifs.


A curious slashing weapon from northern Borneo.


With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.


Of typical South Borneo workmanship, but formed like a mandau from Kutai.


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The hilt with remains of silver plating.