Made in Borneo but traded widely, of a type used a lot against the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in…
51.5 cm / 30.3 inch
41.3 cm / 16.3 inch
forte 7 mm
middle 5.5 mm
widest part 43 mm
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A rare Philippine fighting knife, probably from Luzon island. It has a very well-made blade. Heavy, wide, leaf-shaped, double edged and with well-defined center ridge. Blade is of triangular cross-section, flat on the reverse side. Its forte with chiseled decoration comprising of raised bands and floral decor on the front side. No nicks or cracks, very nice bevels and ridges.
The iron D-guard with hook on the back, shaped like a nāgá, a mythical snake-like being of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Some aspects of its design seem to be influenced by the Chinese hudiedao:
The handle is made of horn, with a wide brass ferrule. It has an old (museum?) inventory number on the back. Some play in the ferrule due to shrinkage in the horn over time.
A very rare form of Philippine fighting knife. Good quality workmanship throughout, and in excellent condition.
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An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A translucent hide shield with gilt brass ornaments. Probably Nepalese of for a Nepalese client.
Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
A fat-bellied variety of the Nepalese khukurī with mirror polished blade and iron handle with fine silver…
Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.