Global Art & Artifacts

Knife

Unique Rencong Knife. Weapon of Nobility. Aceh. Northern Sumatra. Indonesia.

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    Aceh is a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northeast tip of the island of Sumatra. The ethnic group there – the Acehnese – use the Rencong to fight off invaders during the frequent conflicts especially in the mountainous wilderness areas.   Engagement techniques vary depending on the… Continue reading

Achuar Indians Spear and Small Knife. Remote Pastaza River. Chonta Palm. Ecuador.

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    One of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, straddling the borders of Ecuador and Peru. Specifically, this spear / knife came from a remote village along the Pastaza River (a large tributary to the Marañón River) The Maronon River is joined by the Ucayal River… Continue reading

Iron Phurba. Kila. Ritual Dagger. Exorcise Evil. Tibet

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    A three sided peg, stake, knife or nail like ritual object that is/was used to stake out sacred and monastery sites to obstruct or repel evil. Also does wonders to nail down those life distractions such as greed, desire and envy.   The most precious of Phurbas… Continue reading

Scimitar. Curved Blade Sword. Knife. Sheath. Belt. Ethiopia

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    For you Ornithologists out there, I am not talking about the black scimitar-bill from Ethiopia, I am referring to the Middle Eastern scimitar . . . a sword or knife.   Scimitar is a generic name for a Arabic sword with a curved blade. Its shape is… Continue reading

Batak Piso Halasan Sword / Knife, Sumatra

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Detail: Hilt and scabbard are carved from bone or from some resin composite material (although I have never seen a resin composite come out of Sumatra that is this old). ASO (human-like) traditional figures are carved at both ends and insects, geckos and plant life are carved on… Continue reading

Kris Badik Knife / Dagger, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a traditional Malay dagger used as a weapon of defense or for more domestic purposes. The blade has Holy verses from the Quran. The scabbard and hilt are made of bone and decorated with silver plated metal. Good condition. Circa early- to mid- 1900’s. This item is no longer available.

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 main 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

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… Continue reading

Weapons of Moroland, Sword Display, Philippines

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Detail: A display of swords and knives (20 in all), spears, shields and bow/arrow weapons from the Philippines. Each miniature is handcrafted in wood and metal. A great reference. I’m sorry, this item has been sold.

Old Lombok Island Kris / Keris / Pedang Sword, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a stunning kris from Lombok, an island in West Nasa Tenggara province Indonesia. Lombok is east of Bali. I believe the hilt is made of Ireng wood and the sheath / warangka is Pelet wood. Notice that the hilt carving is hollow. The blade and hilt are… Continue reading
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