Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
A nice belatu with the rarer gari matuwà style blade.
Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.
Probably from the French Tonkin campaign of the 1880s.
Rare sword from the headhunters of Nias. Complete with talismanic basket and belt hook.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
With a narrow, double fullered blade and sharp tip and brass mounts in the earlier style.
With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.
Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Complete example with the rarer feature of inlays at the base of the blade.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.