Language: Acehnese
Source: Primary sources


Peudeueng is the Acehnese variety of the word pedang which simply means sword. In north Sumatra, it is usually applied for the curved saber of foreign origin or local copies of such sabers.1

Acehnese peudeueng often come with basket hilts, called hulu meu apet. These were strongly inspired by Indian basket hilts of similar form. They were expensive and usually carried as a sign of rank and status.

Some collectors call them peudeueng peusangan, the last word meaning "curved".


Acehnese peudeueng

Acehnese peudeueng with hulu meu apet
Mandarin Mansion stock 2021


Peudeueng peusangan

Acehnese peudeueng with hulu meu apet
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2016.



Aceh warriors

Acehnese warriors.
Date & photographer unknown.


An Acenese gentleman and his peudeueng peusangan.
Photo by Henricus Marinus Neeb, around 1900.
From Photography Indonesia blog



Some Acenese warriors. The second from the left carries a peudeueng peusangan.
Photo by Henricus Marinus Neeb, around 1900.
From Photography Indonesia blog



Teungkoe Ibrahim zoon van Sultan van Atjeh

Teungkoe Ibrahim, son of the Sultan of Aceh.
Photo by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis, around 1900.
From Tropenmuseum Amsterdam.


1. Albert van Zonneveld; Traditional weapons of the Indonesian archipelago. C. Zwartenkot Art Books, Leiden. Page 101-102.

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In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.


With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.


Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.


Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.


Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.


Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.