Global Art & Artifacts


Dayak Mandau Ilang Small Knives, Borneo

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Detail: This is a pair of knives. The Parang Ilang (or Mandau) means double knife because it has a sword and a small knife fitted in the back of the sheath. These two knives are the “small knives” and they come from the Dayak tribe of Borneo. The scabbards… Continue reading

Parang Ilang or Mandau Dayak Sword Weapon, Borneo

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Detail: The Parang Ilang (or Mandau, meaning double blades) is the traditional weapon for the Dayak people of Borneo. These swords are believed to have supernatural powers and are passed from generation to generation. Associated with the headhunting ceremony, these swords are both a work of art in itself and… Continue reading

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