A curious slashing weapon from northern Borneo.
Height 42 cm
Diameter 7.5 cm
Bamboo, rattan, rawhide, plant fiber thread, wood
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The Dayak people of Borneo used long blowguns as their main weapon in both hunting and warfare. They hunted monkeys and flying squirrel in the jungle. The weapon was also formidable in war because they used a potent plant-based nerve poison. They kept their darts in a bamboo quiver such as this one, which they called tolor.
A Dayak tolor made of a piece of thick bamboo. To the side a large wooden belt hook is fastened with bands of braided rattan. The top of the hook is carved with typical Dayak motifs.
Inside the quiver is a leather bag made of the rawhide skin of a small animal, probably a squirrel. It carries a large number of darts, some of them fitted with cones. Many of the darts are still tipped with poison.
The cover was once split and was glued back together. Otherwise in good, original condition.
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Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.