A very ornate example worn by chieftains of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes of Southern Taiwan.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
A fine example with mother-or-pearl decorated hilt and scabbard.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
The Island of Taiwan was briefly under Dutch colonial rule in the 17th cen
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.