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Old Jimpul Head Hunting Sword

Head Hunting Sword

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Origin: Kalimantan (Borneo)

Date: 19C.

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Although similar, this is NOT a Mandau. It is better known as Jimpul and it is used in the same regions and same people who uses the Mandau sword. Not like in Mandau, the blade is upward curved and has a symmetrical cross section. The hilt however reminds that of the Mandau. Both the Jimpul and the Mandau are coming from Kalimantan (Borneo) and both are associated with the head hunting tradition of the Dayak. This Jimpul has a heavy up curving blade, 21 1/2 inches long, decorated with a series of brass lines and floral engraving also on both faces and on the spine. Beautifully carved L shaped bone handle with tufts of black hair on the pommel tip. Original wood scabbard with original fabric baldric belt. Total length 27 inches. Very good condition. Minor losses to the grip carving. Worn and repaired baldric belt. Repair of the scabbard tip.

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