A peudeueng peusangan from Aceh, Sumatra | Mandarin Mansion

A peudeueng peusangan from Aceh, Sumatra

Overall length: 93 cm / 36.6 inch
Blade length: 79 cm / 31.1 inch
Thickness: forte 6 mm, middle 3 mm
Blade width: forte 34 mm, middle 31 mm
Weight: 875 grams

A Sumatran saber from the Aceh region, described locally as peudeueng peusangan with a "hulu meu apet" or Indian styled basket hilt. These hilts are a remnant of Indian influence on the island of Sumatra, from before they largely converted to Islam in the 13th century. Such sabers were worn by Acenese noblemen as a symbol of their high status.

It has a rather spectacular grip, covered with an intricate basket pattern in very fine gold-silver alloy wire. (Called asam or "electrum".) The iron basket with engraved decor, including some abstract vegetive motifs. The long, springy blade has three fullers and a false backedge. It has two auxiliary fullers at either side of the base of the blade. It is stamped WARTDCASTTL at the base of the blade. This is indicative of a Western import, probably "Warranted cast steel" from Sheffield, England. Some other swords have turned up in museum and private collections with this marking, including two peudeueng peusangan, a saber from Borneo, and a British M1796 pattern light cavalry saber. It is probably a remnant of British presence on Sumatra in the early 19th century.

An Acenese gentleman and his peudeueng peusangan/cite>. Photographer unknown.

A nice example of a rare Sumatran saber type, with intricate gold / silver alloy hilt.


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