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Kudi Tranchang, Bali
missing pommel ring
VERY RARE

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A very rare kudi Tranchang from Bali.

One of a near matching pair from an old estate.
Very little is known about these pieces.Zonneveld refers to Paravicini as these being a knife with a fanciflly shaped blade and a long hilt, to which magical powers are attributed. Page 76 of Zonneveld's 'Traditional weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago' shows a detailed line drawing but no photographic examples.
Being akin more to an axe, this example is 66cms overall with a thick heavy blade of 29cms. The hilt is of palm wood showing a nice patina and is iron bound to the blade end with the pommel end ring now missing.
The designs to the steel surface are all hand chiseled and filled with silver and copper. The reverse shows Naga-banda.

A stunning old priests weapon to which magical powers are attributed.