Language: Indonesian
Source: Stone

Description

The parang nabur is a curved saber from the southern part of the island of Kalimantan, also known as Borneo. It was primarily used by Malays living in that part of the island, during the Sultanate of Banjar that lasted until 1905. 

 

Parang nabur

Some typical examples of the parang nabur.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.

 

Some also ended up in the hands of Dayak chieftains, probably through trade. While collectors in the English speaking world mostly know the weapon as parang nabur in following of Stone's Glossary, it is locally known as beladah or belabang.1 

Many parang nabur combine a curved saber blade with both local and Islamic design features, often with a sharp backedge, with a handle that is strongly inspired by Dutch and English naval cutlasses.

 

Notes to introduction
1. George Cameron Stone; Donald J. LaRocca; A Glossary of The Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: In All Countries and In All Times. Courier Dover Publications, 1999. Page 482. Also see Albert G. van Zonneveld, Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Zwartenkot Art Books, Leiden. 2001. Page 99.

 

Parang nabur hilts

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The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.

€420,-

The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.

€775,-

With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.

€1200,-

With pierced mounts and velvet-covered scabbard.

€600,-

With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.

€9500,-

With a large double-edged tip and golden cresting.

€500,-