With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
Sheathed 45.8 cm
Sword 44.3 cm
Base 4.5 mm
Middle 3 mm
5 cm from tip 2.5 mm
Base 19.5 mm
Middle 20 mm
Widest 20.5 mm
5 cm from tip 18 mm
5 cm from hilt
Iron, silver, wood, rattan
Parahyangan (Preanger Highlands), West-Java, Indonesia
Mid 19th century
From a Dutch private collection
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A small gobang, a sword type that was popular among the Sundanese of the Preanger Highlands. It has a laminated blade with a coarse wood grain pattern. The hilt is covered with sheet silver, engraved with floral designs.
The wooden scabbard of characteristic form for the culture, with a pronounced widening at the mouthpiece and endpiece which in this case are both of silver. The main scabbard body is wrapped with narrow rattan.
Some edge damage and some play in the hilt. Otherwise a nice complete example in good, original condition with no replacements or repairs.
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Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
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