Mandau, Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia.
A mandau is a sword used, by the Dayak tribes from Kalimantan, when hunting heads and as a machete in daily life.
This is a very fine antique example with an elaborately engraved and relief carved antler bone handle with aso motifs and complete with it's original scabbard, attached wooden amulet and side knife. The blade of heavy single edged steel, engraved with aso motifs.
Condition: wear and use, min. dam., missing rattan, oxidation……
Materials: wood, iron, deer bone, animal hair and hide, rattan, rope, glass beads and fabric.
Literature: Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, Albert G. Van Zonneveld.
It measures 67 cm - 26.5 inches long without hair and strap.