Indonesia & Philippines
Very Good Piso Gading Sword of the Toba Batak, Sumatra
1,795$ Exl. VAT
Origin: Sulawesi, Indonesia
One of the rarest form of swords from Sumatra is this sword of the Toba Batak people, also known as “Piso Gading”. A slightly up-swept blade of good thickness with shallow fuller. Massive waisted handle with gadrooned ribs. Wood scabbard covered with bands of silver. Both the blae and the scabbard are marked D 56, a collection catalog number (See below).
Blade 20 1/2 inches long. Total length 24 inches. Very good condition. Blackened spots on the blade. Authentic and original 19C. sword.
For similar swords see also: Albert G. Van Zonneveld “Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago” Fig 421 P. 107, and Achim Sibeth. “The Batak- Peoples of the Island of Sumatra” Fig 212 P. 163
Provenance: IFICAH International Foundation of Indonesian Culture and Asian Heritage, Hollenstedt (Germany).
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