Indonesia & Philippines
Fine Punal (Guong) Dagger , Mindanao , Philippines
445$ Exl. VAT
Origin: Mindanao - Philippines
Date: Late 19 C.
The Punal, also known as Guong also known as belt kris is a dagger from Mindanao, south Philippines and the Visayn Islands. It used as utility knife as well as a weapon for self protection, carried by both man and women. The Punal is a short dagger, single or dual edged with a slightly slanted handle. It is carried in the back of the waist sash. it comes in various lengths but usually less than 14 inches (35 cm) and a variety of materials and qualities.
The Guong offered here is a high quality exemplar, with a wavy blade Possibly a Hippo tusk hilt, silver collar with chased gold band. The cross guard is white metal.
Blade 6 1/2 inches (17cm). Total length 9 1/2 inches (24 cm). Very good condition. This Guong comes with a later made scabbard (Not shown)
For a similar dagger see: H. K. Krieger “The Collection of Primitive Weapons and Armor of the Philippines Islands i the United States National Museum” 1926 Pl. 13 # 7
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