These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.