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A fine Kayan Mandau
Dayak Head Hunters sword
Early 20th century

A fine Kayan Mandau Dayak Head Hunters sword Early 20th century www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very good example of a Dayak head hunters sword.

Excluding the hair tufts, this sword is 73cms sheathed. Out it is 67cms with a 53cm blade.
The hilt is a well carved timber type with tufts of both goat and orangutan hair. The mid section of the grip is bound with black and tan rattan bindings with woven wire sections over the outer edges.
The blade is extremely sharp and secured to the hilt with a thick black native resin
The reverse side hollow forged. The outer side has a hollowed section running through the middle of the blade that tapers to the spine and cutting edge.
The bottom edge of the faceted forte has about 3cms of filed designs and the upper edge of the outer face shows two groups of five dots.
The scabbard is well carved with numerous raised sections. The rattan binding is complete and the rear retains the bark and cloth sheath with a fid like implement. The woven suspension loop is present and in outstanding condition.

A very good example and a Kayan Mandau, early 20th century.