Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
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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Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
Inspired by uchigatana brought into Vietnam by Japanese refugees.
With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.
Fine Mindan dha with a scene from the Ramayana on its blade.
Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in the 19th century.