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Knives, Swords, Letter Openers, Phurbas, Spears, Blowpipes

Old / Rare Ancestral Brass Pisau Batak Sword / Knife. Sumatra

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This is a stunning piece of weaponry. The brass sword / knife with its ASO ( human like ancestral spirits ) traditional figures adorn both the handle and sheath. This is a well-crafted knife / sword . . . in excellent condition for its age. For the Serious Collector.

Rare Javanese Kris / Keris. Dapur Luk. Centipede Pamor. Timoho Wood Sheath. Java

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The blade (wilah) with its visible and structural pamor/surface is the most spiritual and powerful part of the Kris. This particular weapon is defined by its shape . . an undulating shape called dapur luk. The metal composition – a mixture of alloys – is usually iron… Continue reading

Old Asmat Headhunter Dagger. Cassowary Bird bone. Tribal. Arrow tip. Papua New Guinea

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Typical of the tribal thigh bone daggers used in ceremonial and ritualistic events. These are made from the thigh bone of a Cassowary, a large flightless bird. The head – or joint – is decorated with coix beads and cassowary feathers bundles. This is an older… Continue reading

Old Tantric Yak Bone Phurba / Phurpa. Nepal / Tibet.

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This Tibetan yak bone phurba shows Vajrakilaya, the yidam diety that is most powerful in removing obstacles. Vajrakilaya is one of eight deities of Kagye. Phurba’s are ritual daggers used to confront evil spirits. Authentic bone phurbas are becoming very hard to find. This is an excellent specimen.… Continue reading

Antique Badik / Badek Dagger / Knife. Ivory handle. North Sumatra. Indonesia.

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The scabbard is ivory as well as part of the hilt. The blade is adorned with Beras Wutah. The pamor is the most important part of the knife as it possesses strong power and influence. This is a weapon of defense as well as being used to slaughter… Continue reading

Yak Bone Phurba / Phurpa Tantric Master Quality with Stand, Tibet

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This was acquired by my agent from a Tantric Practioner who had it in his possession for over 50 years. I would estimate that it was originally carved in the 1940s. Phurpa / Phurba is a tantric ritual dagger used in most Buddhist ceremonies to conquer evil spirits and… Continue reading

Moro Punal Dagger / Knife. Southern Philippines

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A double-edged Moro Punal knife. The wood handle (perhaps burl wood) has an excellent patina. The hand guard and sheath’s multi- metal bands (sawasa) certainly have age. Some decoration (engraved silver/copper) on these bands indicates that this dagger was made for someone of importance. Belt… Continue reading

Bali – Hindu Styled Cutting / Butcher Knife. Lombok. Indonesia

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An older Lombok Island knife with a Bali-Hindu styling. Therefore, it was most likely made by descendants of the Balinese people. The sheath looks like some restoration has been done but the blade and handle are original. There is a crack in the handle as… Continue reading

Batak Tribe Ceremonial Dagger / Knife, North Central Sumatra

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This dagger is really a short sword worn for ceremonial occasions by the adult male. Daggers of this quality are highly prized and passed down from generation to generation. It was acquired from an elderly person in the Lake Samosar area of Sumatra in 1995. It is hand… Continue reading

Matses / Mayoruna Indian Tribal Bow and Arrows. Hunting. Amazon. Brazil / Peru

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The Matsés or Mayoruna people – not to be confused with the Matis Indian tribe – are indigenous to the Peru and Brazil Amazon area (between the Javari and Galvez Rivers). They are known as the “Cat People” due to the facial adornment of whiskers and tattoos. … Continue reading
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