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 rare antique example with a fine in relief carved buffalo horn handle with dayak designs, complete with it's original elaborately engraved black wood scabbard, decorated with animal hair tufts, nicely carved bone ornament, attached hornbill amulet and side knife. The blade of heavy single edged steel, engraved with aso motifs.
Condition: wear and use, restauration on the bone ornament, min. dam., missing rattan, oxidation……
Materials: wood, iron, bone, horn, hornbill, rattan, rope and animal hair.
Literature: Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, Albert G. Van Zonneveld.
It measures 71 cm - 28 inches long without hair and strap.
Price € 1575,- Now: € 1150,-