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