Global Art & Artifacts

Antique Tumbuk Lada Keris Sword, Malay Sumatra

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Detail: An aristocrat’s Tumbuk Lada carved from – what I am convinced is – elephant bone. The Tumbuk Lada – translates as “chili crusher” – is a common type of dagger on the Malay Peninsula in Sumatra. Slightly curved with a single sharp edge, the blade is iron. This is what makes this slightly different from the Badik of Sulawesi. But it is the carving, its age and the material that makes this a very valuable weapon. Our agent in Borneo has traced this back to the early 1900’s. In pristine condition and a quite remarkable carving. For the Serious Collector.


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