West Javanese gobang
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Overall length

Sheathed 45.8 cm

Sword 44.3 cm

Blade length

32.6 cm

Blade thickness

Base 4.5 mm

Middle 3 mm

5 cm from tip 2.5 mm

Blade width

Base 19.5 mm

Middle 20 mm

Widest 20.5 mm

5 cm from tip 18 mm

 

Weight

200 grams

Point of balance

5 cm from hilt

Materials

Iron, silver, wood, rattan

Origin

Parahyangan (Preanger Highlands), West-Java, Indonesia

Sundanese culture

Dating

Mid 19th century

Provenance

From a Dutch private collection

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Description

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.

West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword
West-Java gobang sword

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