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Very good sikin panjang
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
Fine Peranakan belt buckle
This style was produced in Tangerang, just West of Batavia, now Jakarta.
The Padri Gun by Westenenk
Translation from the 1908 Dutch language article by Louis Constant Westenenk.
A Padri carbine
An unusual variety, shortened to carbine size, with a chicken wing wood stock.
A Murut parapat
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
A streaked lin gin
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
Indonesian cockfighting spurs in box
Weapons not for man, but for an unfortunate rooster. Retired, in a hardwood box.
Scientific analysis of two Southeast Asian swords
Using X-ray fluorescence and radiocarbon dating.
SE Asian dha (carbon 14 dated)
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
An old dha (carbon 14 dated)
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
The Wiasemsky Montagnard dha
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
An excavated dha sword
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Ceremonial Moro kalis
Measuring almost a meter, with exceptional blade for a ceremonial keris.
Old Madura keris
With carved wooden hilt with a beautiful deep patina. Blade in old finish.
Balinese spearhead with scabbard
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
A fine Philippine bolo
The blade inlaid with brass, complete with a horn scabbard with pierced decoration.
A type of Batak sword hilt.
A type of Batak sword
A Karo Batak kalasan sword
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
Toba Batak sword
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
A type of javelin used by the Igorot headhunters of Luzon.
A type of multi-barbed javelin used by the Igorot of Luzon.
An Igorot barbed war javelin.
An Igorot javelin type with a wide, barbless head.
Igorot headhunter javelin
With exceptionally wide blade, forged with a hardened leading edge.
Tribal Art Fair spring 2021
This year I will participate in the online Tribal Art fair, along with 30 dealers from around the world showing their latest offerings in this genre.
The sword of the Murut, headhunters of northern Borneo.
Commonly used name for the sword of the Muruts, headhunters of northern Borneo.
Glupa / Gloepa
Acehnese word for a golden crown at the base of swords and daggers.
Sikin panjang with golden crown
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
A copper-alloy with high gold content that was highly prized in Southeast Asia.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
Khmer word for an auspicious copper alloy.
An Acehnese type of saber
Javanese gold overlaid spear blade
Once part of a trisula, made on Java in the 17th century.
Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Wood hilted dahmjaun
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
Good Vietnamese dagger
An unusually ornate version of what is normally a very simple weapon.
A simple early 20th-century fighting dagger with ribbed grip.
An Acehnese type of thrusting dagger.
An Acehnese rencong
A peculiar form of dagger found on the northern part of the island of Sumatra.
Village near Banjarmasin, Borneo. A notable center of arms production in the 19th century.
Indonesian word for a peculiar weapon/farming tool.
Acehnese word for blunderbuss.
Lila / lilla
Indonesian word for a swivel cannon.
An Indonesian blunderbuss
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
Indonesian word for a peculiar farming tool.
A rare kudi trantang
A rare variation of one of the rarest forms of Indonesian arms.
Wakizashi in Burmese hilt
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.