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