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 buffalo horn handle with aso motifs and complete with it's original wooden scabbard, attached shell amulet and a very fine and detailed side knife. The blade of heavy single edged steel, engraved and inlaid with copper.
Condition: wear and use, min. dam., missing rattan, oxidation……
Materials: wood, iron, shell, horn, rattan, rope and animal hair.
Literature: Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, Albert G. Van Zonneveld.
It measures 74 cm - 29.1 inches long without hair and strap.
Price € 1975,- Now: € 1450,-