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The Padri Gun by Westenenk
Translation from the 1908 Dutch language article by Louis Constant Westenenk.
Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
Balinese keris of Ferdinand Blok
The 9-luk blade of strong proportions is engraved with the face of a demon.
Fine Burmese silver sword scabbard
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
Large Aceh peurise
A very fine and exceptionally large example fo the Aceh rattan shield.
Chinese demon head saber
Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
Nias word for zoomorphic sword hilts with an open mouth with fangs.
A South Nias belatu salà
Rare sword from the headhunters of Nias. Complete with talismanic basket and belt hook.
A Khasi dao
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A peculiar type of two-handed sword from the Khasi Hills, Assam.
Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
Nimble Vietnamese saber
With a narrow, double fullered blade and sharp tip and brass mounts in the earlier style.
Rare beladau lebar dagger
A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.
Rare Modang Mandau
With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.
A small utility knife used on the island of Borneo. Often carried with the Dayak mandau.
A giant piso raout
An oversized utility knife of the headhunters of Borneo.
Montagnard short saber
Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Fine inlaid sikin panjang
Complete example with the rarer feature of inlays at the base of the blade.
Sulawesi sword with VOC blade
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Tiger hilt sword with VOC blade
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Preanger sword with VOC blade
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
Sumatran hilted Dutch saber
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
West-Javanese stiletto dagger
Early piece with an unusual European-style stiletto blade.
Polished Sino-Vietnamese dagger
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
Broad Vietnamese knife
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
A variety of Dayak blowgun dart.
Dayak name for a blowgun dart
Dayak dart quiver with darts
Complete with a large number of darts, some with poisoned tips.
Malay name for the Dayak blowgun.
Fine Dayak blowgun
Long piece, original length, with aso motif inlaid in blade.
Flame backed double swords
With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
Vietnamese kiếm in Chinese stye
Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
Súng hỏa mai
Vietnamese word for matchlock musket.
The O.T. Burne dha
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
Vietnamese single edged spearhead
Large, heavy single-edged example with iron mounts.
Peranakan "pending" buckle
Belt buckle from West-Java, worn by Peranakan and wealthy Javanese women.
Palembang twist-core pedang
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
Parang beladeh / parang belabang
A curved saber from the southern part of the island of Borneo.
Name for a wide range of native groups of Borneo.
Chin nicotine flask
A very rare flask used by Chin men of Burma for sipping nicotine water.
Dayak carved ceremonial paddle
A fine ceremonial paddle of the Ngaju Dayak of southern Borneo.
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.
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.